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Hans Christian ØrstedReading Nature's Mind$
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Dan Ch. Christensen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199669264

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199669264.001.0001

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| 1814 Love and Marriage

| 1814 Love and Marriage

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Hans Christian Ørsted

Dan C. Christensen

Oxford University Press

Ørsted's autobiographic poem on love is quoted and commented. Anders's and Sophie's married life and her relations with Baggesen and Sibbern are characterized. Birgitte Ballum urges Hans Christian to go to Roskilde to see his father who has fallen ill. As an early orphan aunt Engelke had cared for her, and for nearly a decade she had been looking after the pharmacist's family. Now Birgitte and Hans Christian are engaged to be married. Hans Christian calls her Gitte, while she calls him Ørsted. They are married in the Cathedral of Roskilde in May 1814 and settle down in a flat in Copenhagen. Gitte's persona is described by Sophie Ørsted, Madam Gyllembourg, and Sibbern. Ørsted's views on love and married life are compared to Lord Byron's.

Keywords:   Anders and Sophie Ørsted, birgitte ballum alias gitte Ørsted, engagement, marriage, married life, Byron

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