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Sandemose, Aksel, 1899-1965 / The werewolf; Varulven (1966)

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When you have taken the Devil for partner

The guests were ready to leave. Erling was in his room at Old Venhaug, packing. Felicia came in.

"Erling, I know I should never beg you—but it's inhuman never to break a principle."

He stood waiting, his face expressionless.

Felicia knew she must not touch him now; he turned stiff as a post when she tried to persuade him with caresses.

"We know each other, Erling, and you know yourself."

Her voice broke.

"Don't go to Oslo now, Erling. Stay here a day or two, Erling dear. You know what will happen if you go."

Tears stood in her eyes. Erling looked away; she was not in the habit of using tears as a weapon.

She dared not even look at him, fearful of the least mistake.

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"Only a day or two, Erling, then I'll drive you to Lier."

He waited a moment, then picked up his things from the traveling bag and put them in order on the dresser. He said, with his back to her, "All right, Felicia."

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