Trafika Europe 1 - Northern Idyll
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THIS STONE ERECTED

BY HIS FRIENDS IN REMEMBRANCE

OF WHAT HE MEANT TO THEM

DURING HIS DAY.

Karin, however, had not come. They had agreed that she

would be here at four o’clock, and now it was nearly half

past five.

He blew tobacco from his lips, he was a clumsy smoker, but

it calmed him to have a cigarette between his fingers.

Could the situation be so fucking awful that he had actually

wounded her?

His mind turned to the Dusty Springfield song, “You Don’t

Have to Say You Love me.” He had played it again and again

during the blissful week they had spent together.

Suddenly, it occurred to Eigil that perhaps they had never

even made a date, or that perhaps it existed only in his

mind. He had intended to invite her to eat at the newly

opened restaurant in Nólsoyarstova. The building had been

Napoleon Nolsøe’s childhood home. Later, he had kept his

medical consultation there and when he married Henriette

Løbner in 1874, she had moved in as well.

The perfect setting for a cozy meal!