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Halvolan Koht Dickens

The life of Ibsen

“On a summer evening in 1867, while he was at work on Peer Gynt, which is certainly the most Norwegian of all that he has written, he stood looking out upon the Italian island of Ischia. Suddenly he said: “Look at that fine hop-garden!” A Danish friend who was with him made the remark: " But it is not hops; it is grapes", and Ibsen corrected himself: “Yes, you are right! Now and then I have to pull my own ears to realize that I am not in Norway”.