The Father

Author: Björnstjerne Björnson

The man whose story is here to be told was the wealthiest and most influential person in his parish; his name was Thord Overaas. He appeared in the priest's study one day, tall and earnest.

"I have gotten a son," said he, "and I wish to present him for baptism."

"What shall his name be?"

"Finn,--after my father."

"And the sponsors?"

They were mentioned, and proved to be the best men and women of Thord's relations in the parish.

"Is there anything else?" inquired the priest, and looked up.

The peasant hesitated a little.

"I should like very much to have him baptized by himself," said he, finally.

"That is to say on a week-day?"

"Next Saturday, at twelve o'clock noon."

"Is there anything else?" inquired the priest.

"There is nothing else;" and the peasant twirled his cap, as though he were about to go.

Then the priest rose. "There is yet this, however," said he, and walking toward Thord, he took him by the hand and looked gravely into his eyes: "God grant that the child may become a blessing to you!"

One day sixteen years later, Thord stood once more in the priest's study.

"Really, you carry your age astonishingly well, Thord," said the priest; for he saw no change whatever in the man.

"That is because I have no troubles," replied Thord.

To this the priest said nothing, but after a while he asked: "What is your pleasure this evening?"

"I have come this evening about that son of mine who is to be confirmed to-morrow."

"He is a bright boy."

"I did not wish to pay the priest until I heard what number the boy would have when he takes his place in church to-morrow."

"He will stand number one."

"So I have heard; and here are ten dollars for the priest."

"Is there anything else I can do for you?" inquired the priest, fixing his eyes on Thord.

"There is nothing else."

Thord went out.

Eight years more rolled by, and then one day a noise was heard outside of the priest's study, for many men were approaching, and at their head was Thord, who entered first.

The priest looked up and recognized him.

"You come well attended this evening, Thord," said he.

"I am here to request that the banns may be published for my son; he is about to marry Karen Storliden, daughter of Gudmund, who stands here beside me."

"Why, that is the richest girl in the parish."

"So they say," replied the peasant, stroking back his hair with one hand.

The priest sat a while as if in deep thought, then entered the names in his book, without making any comments, and the men wrote their signatures underneath. Thord laid three dollars on the table.

"One is all I am to have," said the priest.

"I know that very well; but he is my only child, I want to do it handsomely."

The priest took the money.

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Reviews:

  • Reviewed by Anonymous  on  September 26th, 2009

    The Short Story Father is about a man who was the wealthiest and most influential person in his parish. A peasant, Thord Overaas, visits his priest four times. The first time he asks that his son, Finn, be baptized by himself. Sixteen years later Thord pays the priest ten dollars, for Finn to stand first for communion. Third when Thord requested that the banns may be published for his son when he is about to marry Karen Storliden, daughter of Gudmund, the riches girl in parish. Thord pays the priest three dollars. Soon the father and son were rowing across the lake, to Storliden to make arrangements for the wedding. His son stood up to straighten the seat in which he was sitting but suddenly the board slipped under him and fell. Thord visits the priest for the last time but not for his pleasures now. Thord has sold his farm, and presents half of its price to be given to the poor.


  • Reviewed by Anonymous  on  September 26th, 2009

    The Short Story Father is about a man who was the wealthiest and most influential person in his parish. A peasant, Thord Overaas, visits his priest four times. The first time he asks that his son, Finn, be baptized by himself. Sixteen years later Thord pays the priest ten dollars, for Finn to stand first for communion. Third when Thord requested that the banns may be published for his son when he is about to marry Karen Storliden, daughter of Gudmund, the riches girl in parish. Thord pays the priest three dollars. Soon the father and son were rowing across the lake, to Storliden to make arrangements for the wedding. His son stood up to straighten the seat in which he was sitting but suddenly the board slipped under him and fell. Thord visits the priest for the last time but not for his pleasures now. Thord has sold his farm, and presents half of its price to be given to the poor.


  • Reviewed by the father  on  April 24th, 2011

    what specific requests does the farmer make on the firt three visits to the priest

  • Reviewed by the son  on  June 23rd, 2011

    the priest said to the father that his son has finally brought him his true blessing

  • Reviewed by good  on  August 1st, 2011

    good

  • Reviewed by Rico Banago  on  August 1st, 2011

    This story meant a realization to all readers that fathers must be value by their children.

  • Reviewed by Arson Kriwgriskaak Storiik  on  August 1st, 2011

    I'am glad to be a NORWEGIAN because he represents all of us by his story.

  • Reviewed by Dharvin Mahatbinz  on  August 1st, 2011

    Potsesk asder asjdz sadjsaz reksiz asdqasdix

  • Reviewed by ryan cogo0non  on  August 2nd, 2011

    the highiest point of the story the father by Björnstjerne Björnson

  • Reviewed by emma  on  January 2nd, 2012

    why finn is the true blessing to his father ?

  • Reviewed by dax  on  January 13th, 2012

    he was so arrogant, if you have noticed the moment that his son was drowning nobody extend help to them because they have created an atmosphere that is unreachable. Being wealthy and influential at his parish.

  • Reviewed by wevie mae  on  February 6th, 2012

    what is the theme of the story

  • Reviewed by gina japone  on  March 13th, 2012

    this story is one of my favorite story. . the love of his father to his son. .

  • Reviewed by bitch  on  July 10th, 2012

    how would you describe the protagonist as a father,a neighbor and as a member of the parish?

  • Reviewed by mary joy elvira  on  September 13th, 2012

    thord overaas is just a loving father of his son-finn..
    even though you're so rich .. there's a person who will love you without a doubt.. don't push them away instead love them back..

  • Reviewed by nikki  on  September 18th, 2012

    it is sid that in this story thord show love to his son and to whatever it takes to make his son happy !

  • Reviewed by mae  on  September 25th, 2012

    the father

  • Reviewed by eddie  on  October 8th, 2012

    What is the theme of the story and what is the lesson learned?

  • Reviewed by aleth  on  October 10th, 2012

    twice the priest asked if he could do something else for thord. what was thord answer?what kind of man was thord to have answered that way.

  • Reviewed by secret  on  November 7th, 2012

    ewan

  • Reviewed by Rochelle Agustin  on  November 13th, 2012

    who did thord see in the parish

  • Reviewed by jerald  on  November 16th, 2012

    Man Vs. Himself

  • Reviewed by rommie  on  November 23rd, 2012

    please answer what is the moral lesson of the story THE FATHER,, for assignment please help thanks.

  • Reviewed by clyde  on  December 16th, 2012

    can you give me some critical survey about the story..pls...

  • Reviewed by jann  on  January 14th, 2013

    what does the son symbolize?

  • Reviewed by julius  on  March 3rd, 2013

    the son symbolizes about .....
    ambot cne kapagal man

  • Reviewed by joshua  on  July 3rd, 2013

    g

  • Reviewed by janine togono  on  July 15th, 2013

    malay kow hahaha

  • Reviewed by jr  on  July 15th, 2013

    pwe

  • Reviewed by yannie  on  July 25th, 2013

    what is the climax in the story of the father by bjornstjerne bjornson?

  • Reviewed by macelfuez  on  July 28th, 2013

    when the father learns his lesson that above all life is too short and being with someone you love is very important, its not money but love...

  • Reviewed by nasima  on  September 11th, 2013

    i need moral lesson in this short story.........









  • Reviewed by bj  on  September 23rd, 2013

    why did the son seem no effort to save himself?

  • Reviewed by jessica  on  October 9th, 2013

    what a nice short story! :D

  • Reviewed by Anonymous  on  January 12th, 2014

    Why was the son named "Finn"?

  • Reviewed by Anonymous  on  January 12th, 2014

    Why was the son named "Finn"?

  • Reviewed by marrygrace  on  March 3rd, 2014

    i want it to be invested as a legacy in my son's name meaning: lol

  • Reviewed by janine  on  June 17th, 2014

    describe the protagonist as a father,a neighbor and as a member of the paris

  • Reviewed by klent lesther cuico  on  June 23rd, 2014

    author's name and background

  • Reviewed by bitin  on  July 30th, 2014

    takteng yan Bitin


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