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“There was in Niels Lyhne’s nature a lame reflectiveness, child of instinctive shrinking from decisive action…How he envied the audacity that rushes confidently into words, never heeding that words bring actions, and actions bring consequences – until those consequences are at its heels. People who possessed it always seemed to him like centaurs – man and horse cast in a single mould. With them impulse and leap were one, whereas he was divided into rider and horse – impulse one thing, leap something very different.”

Excerpt from Niels Lyne by Jens Peter Jacobsen


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