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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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or perceived. It was no ordinary, no earthly
scene. Her countenance was, as it were,
transfigured. As soon as she had returned to her usual
state, after deep sighs, her appearance became
normal also. But her demeanor was changed;
she wept much, but calmly and silently.

The tornado gradually subsided in the church;
shrieking and leaping, admonishing and preaching,
all became hushed; and now people shook hands
with each other, talked, laughed, congratulated
one another so heartily, so cheerfully, with such
cordial warmth and good will, that it was a pleasure
to behold. Of the whole raging, exciting
scene there remained merely a feeling of satisfaction
and pleasure, as if they had been together at
some joyful feast.

I confess, however, to having been thoroughly
amused by the frolic. Not so a friend, who regarded
that disorderly, wild worship with a feeling
of astonishment, almost of indignation; and
when our warm-hearted exhorter came up to us,
and, turning especially to her, apologized for not
having observed us before, that it was with no
intention to neglect us, and so on, I saw her lovely
coraled upper lip curl with a bitter scorn as she
replied, "I cannot see in what respect you have
neglected us." The man looked as if he would
have been glad, with all his heart, to have preached

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