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The Pilot and His Wife
Jonas Lie (1833–1908)
 
Pilot and His Wife, The, by Jonas Lie (1874). This story is of Norwegian simplicity. The scene is laid partly in Norway, partly in South America where the hero goes on his voyages. Salve Kristiansen loves Elizabeth Raklev, whom he has known from her childhood, which was spent in a lighthouse on a lonely island, with her grandfather. Salve is a sailor, later on a pilot. He hears that Elizabeth is engaged to a naval officer named Beck, and in a rage goes on a long voyage. Later he finds the report false; she confesses her love for him, and they are married. He is of a jealous, suspicious nature, and fierce in temper. She is often unhappy, but at last she sees that it is useless to submit passively; that there can be no happiness without mutual trust: so she reclaims and shows him the letter in which she refused to marry Beck “because my heart is another’s.” Convinced at last of her loyalty, Kristiansen after a struggle conquers his jealousy, and life is happy at last.  1
 
 
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