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(1913) [MARC] Author: August Strindberg Translator: Claud Field
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little birds, a robin and a yellow wagtail, and
follow the jackdaw from roof to roof. The jackdaw
flies outside the village and perches on the
roof of a cottage. At the same moment a black
rabbit springs up before the cottage, and
disappears in the grass. Some days afterwards we
hear of the jackdaw’s death. It had been killed
by the street boys because of its propensity for
stealing.

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During the day I work in my little house.
But for some time past it seems that the powers
are no longer well intentioned towards me.
When I enter the house I find the air thick, as
if it had been poisoned, and have to open doors
and windows. Wrapped in a thick cloak, with
a fur cap on my head, I sit at the table and
write, and resist the so-called electric attacks
which compress my chest and seize me in the
back. Often I feel as though someone were
standing behind my chair. Then I stab with
the dagger behind me, and imagine I am fighting
an enemy. So it goes on till five o’clock in the
afternoon. If I remain sitting longer, the
conflict becomes terrific, until, feeling wholly
exhausted, I light my lantern and go to my

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