Novelle af Dorit Grundahl
In "Toughness" lived about two hundred people. None of them knew about, what has happen in other places – they even didn’t know if there were other places.
And they didn’t want to know anything about it either, because their form for living came true all their wishes and requirements.
The inhabitants of the village were as happy, they could ever be, and every day was filled with happiness and satisfaction. None of them ever thought or meant their lifes could or should be different. There wasn’t quarrel, fight or envy of something among them either.
Another reason that they didn’t seek out other people or another village was because of their self-supporting, which made them independent.
In the village lived a family of four persons, called "Intact", and they were a typical example of a family pattern.
The father, "Tact" and the mother "In" had been together since the childhood, and they loved each other unconditional. Their two children, the boy "Happ" and the girl "Iness", obviously were model of children behaviour.
The everyday life in the village passed in a quiet life and nobody ever thought it could be different. Until one day something happened.
All people crowded round the carriage and they were very curious to know, what the strange
The stranger was a man, about 40 years old, good looking, high and muscular. Because of his look, he fit complete to his name "Temptation", and he probably was that type of a man, all women ever could dream off, but unfortunately he knew it himself.
"In" was also a very attractive and well-formed woman, without being conscious of it herself. Among all the people "Temptation" picked out "In" and kept looking at her for too long - so long that "In" was embarrassing by his look, but at the same time she also felt a bubbling delight – something she never had felt before and she began trembling.
There were things like:
All the men looked wistfully at the fine bottles of whisky, and they wanted so much to taste these golden drops.
All the women gave expression for their enthusiasm, and they looked forward to buy some of all these things and to wear it, so they asked "Temptation", how they could get some coins.
"Temptation" suggested them to work for him. He’s intention was building a large house, and therefore he needed assistance from several of them.
And off course she couldn’t resist.
So far so good! After some planning the building project was starting up.
Both men and women slaved away, and they looked forward to their first pay, so that they could buy some of the good stuff.
After a year of hard work a beautiful and comfortable house was placed among the hilly country, and "Temptation" could move in.
Because of these things and money their look was different as the rest of the people in the village, and without knowing it, the working people slowly changed.
"In"’s husband "Tact" wasn’t one of them. He didn’t like the stranger from the beginning, and he didn’t want to have anything to do with him.
Before the stranger appeared the married couple was happy and satisfied, but now they had no longer anything to say to each other and nothing to talk about.
"Tact" also had the feeling, "In" didn’t love him anymore, and little by little he only felt bitterness and unhappiness and began to drink. He didn’t care about anything any more. And the couple got a divorce.
"In" was in love with the stranger, so the divorce came at a very opportune moment.
And that was the end of a love story!