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I knew that you could live some years with tuberculosis – but you couldn’t tear about in the street, you could no longer play ‘Einar Tambarskjælve’ with Thoralf. Towards evening the fever was soaring – more coughing – a mouthful of blood – I spat it into the handkerchief. It was dark red. I held it up to look at it. Father and my sister Sophie saw it. Sophie went out and fetched my aunt. More blood came and they called for the doctor. ’ But I was very frightened. I could feel the blood rolling inside my chest with each breath that I took.
Edvard loved woodwork. He was captivated by chemistry’s mysteries and transmutations. It was a time of discovering the science behind magic. He made a ‘sort of telephone I put together after instructions in Aftenposten newspaper’. ’4 When he got home after school he would go up to his bedroom, which he had turned into a chemical laboratory. ‘I made a tremendous explosion, not intentional. I was doing an experiment with chlorine and turpentine and when they came together the test tube sprang out of my hand with a tremendous bang and flew a terrific distance in all directions.
I went behind the curtain to cry . . The children were sent to bed for a time. It was night. Father stood beside the beds. ’ We understood. We dressed quietly. We asked no questions. ’ A spasm passed through her – death – then she pulled herself together and gave a weak smile. ’ Her voice was a whisper, almost inaudible. ’ Was she really going to die then? In the last half hour she felt a little better, lighter, the spasms were weaker. She tried to raise herself up. She pointed at the chair beside the bed.