Burial Rites

Natan Ketilsson is a healer and farmer. He is also a well-known womanizer, and is the lover of Agnes, Sigga, and Rósa (he also has a child with Rósa). Known for his wealth, Natan makes a living providing medicines to sick Icelanders. Natan is a polarizing figure in his community, with some people admiring his skills as a healer and others calling him an evil sorcerer. Natan does not believe in God or Christianity, but he has a rich spiritual life and believes in superstition and dreams like Agnes does. Natan is intellectual and well read. He is also extremely manipulative and dishonest, and it is through lying to Agnes that he gets her to come work for him at his farm. Natan sleeps with both Agnes and Sigga at the same time, emotionally abuses both women, and throws Agnes out in the snow when she addresses Natan’s infidelity. Still, Agnes loves Natan. Fridrik, angry that Natan has been sleeping with Sigga, tries to kill Natan in the night along with Pétur. Fridrik badly mutilates Natan so that he is fatally injured, and Agnes deals the final stab wound that kills Natan.

Natan Ketilsson Quotes in Burial Rites

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Chapter 5 Quotes

He built his church from wives’ tales and the secret language of weather; saw the blinking eye of God in the habits of the sea, the swooping merlin, the gnashing teeth of his ewes. When he caught me knitting on the doorstep he accused me of lengthening the winter. “Do not think nature is not watchful of us,” he warned me. “She is as awake as you and I.” He smiled at me. Passed the smooth breadth of his palm over my forehead. “And as secretive.”

Related Characters: Agnes Magnúsdottir (speaker), Natan Ketilsson (speaker)
Page Number: 114
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Chapter 7 Quotes

“Why not Sigga?” Tóti asked in a small voice.
Blöndal shook his head. “The maid of sixteen who burst into tears as soon as I summoned her? Sigga didn’t even attempt to lie—she is too simple-minded, too young to know how. She told me everything. How Agnes hated Natan, how Agnes was jealous of his attentions to her. Sigga is not bright, but she saw that much.”

Related Characters: Björn Blöndal (speaker), Assistant Reverend Thorvardur Jónsson (Tóti) (speaker), Agnes Magnúsdottir, Natan Ketilsson, Sigrídur Gudmundsdóttir (Sigga)
Page Number: 161
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She said Natan had started giving himself some airs, calling himself Lyngdal, not Ketilsson, though neither of us could work out why—it was a strange sort of name to have, not Icelandic in the slightest. María thought it was probably to make himself out to be a Dane, and I wondered that he was allowed to change his name at all. María told me that men might do as they please, and that they are all Adams, naming everything under the sun.

Related Characters: Agnes Magnúsdottir (speaker), Natan Ketilsson, María Jónsdóttir
Page Number: 182
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Chapter 8 Quotes

“What’s the name for the space between stars?”
“No such name.”
“Make one up.”
I thought about it. “The soul asylum.”
“That’s another way of saying heaven, Agnes.”
“No, Natan. It’s not.”

Related Characters: Agnes Magnúsdottir (speaker), Natan Ketilsson (speaker)
Page Number: 209
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Chapter 9 Quotes

“What do you do with the kit after you kill its parents?”
“Some hunters leave it there to die. They are no use for market— the skins are too small.”
“What do you do?”
“I stove their heads in with a rock.”
“That is the only decent thing to do.”
“Yes. To leave them is cruelty.”

Related Characters: Agnes Magnúsdottir (speaker), Natan Ketilsson (speaker)
Page Number: 221-222
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Chapter 10 Quotes

What else is God good for other than a distraction from the mire we’re all stranded in? We’re all shipwrecked. All beached in a peat bog of poverty. When was the last time I even attended church? Not while I was at Illugastadir…Perhaps things would have been different if Natan had let me go to church at Tjörn. I might have made friends there. I might have met a family to turn to when it all became twisted…But he didn’t let me go, and there was no other friend, no light to head towards in that wintered landscape.

Related Characters: Agnes Magnúsdottir (speaker), Natan Ketilsson
Page Number: 236
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Where would I have gone? I knew only the valley of Vatnsdalur; knew where it was scabbed with rock, knew the white-headed mountains and the lake alive with swans, and the wrinkled skins of turf by the river. And the ravens, the constant, circling ravens. But Illugastadir was different. I had no friends. I didn’t understand the landscape. Only the outlying tongues of rock scarred the perfect kiss of sea and sky— there was no one and nothing else. There was nowhere else to go.

Related Characters: Agnes Magnúsdottir (speaker), Natan Ketilsson
Related Symbols: Ravens
Page Number: 252
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Chapter 12 Quotes

“Admit it. You want this too, Agnes.”
At that point…I saw what Fridrik held in his hands. It was a hammer and a knife.
What do I remember? I didn’t believe him. I went back to my bed on the floor of the cowshed, suddenly weary. I wanted nothing to do with him. What happened?

Related Characters: Agnes Magnúsdottir (speaker), Fridrik Sigurdsson (speaker), Natan Ketilsson
Page Number: 284
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Natan Ketilsson Character Timeline in Burial Rites

The timeline below shows where the character Natan Ketilsson appears in Burial Rites. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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The first chapter of the novel begins with a public notice announcing the auction of Natan Ketilsson’s possessions, including animals and household objects, to be sold to the highest bidder. If... (full context)
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...which the reverend inquired about the burial of Pétur Jónsson, who was murdered along with Natan Ketilsson earlier that month. Blöndal states that, because Pétur was a convicted criminal, there was... (full context)
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...to Tóti for completing his studies. Then, Blöndal tells Tóti he is going to execute Natan and Pétur’s murderers. To refresh Tóti’s memory, Blöndal describes the murders, recounting how Natan Ketilsson... (full context)
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...he will tell the girls. Blöndal asks if they are familiar with the murders of Natan Ketilsson and Pétur Jónsson, and then updates them on the case, which proceeded to the... (full context)
Chapter 2
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...flies, Agnes is happy to be outside. Agnes hears the ocean and thinks about how Natan once told her that, “like a woman… the sea is a nag” while they were... (full context)
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...still in bed, thinks of her former servants, imagining them killing her like Agnes killed Natan. She thinks of Lauga’s belief that murderers have outward marks of evil (harelips, snaggleteeth, etc.).... (full context)
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...been abused. When Agnes’s wounds bled, Margrét put ointment on them, and told Agnes that Natan had made the medicine. Agnes did not respond. When Agnes was washed, Margrét gave her... (full context)
Chapter 3
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...Agnes’s case in 1829. The document states the allegation that Fridrik, Agnes, and Sigga entered Natan’s house with the intention of robbing him. According to the District Commissioner, they acted together... (full context)
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...she has dreamed for the first time since her imprisonment. In Agnes’s dream, she and Natan were brewing herbs together. Agnes, feeling deeply in love with him, reached out to embrace... (full context)
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...she feels sorry for her, and warns her that the murderers of “good” Pétur and Natan are extremely wicked. Margrét reminds Róslín that Pétur was a thief and Natan a womanizer.... (full context)
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...names of all the different farms she lived on throughout her life. The last one, Natan’s farm, carries strong and negative feelings for Agnes, and she thinks of the farm burning. (full context)
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...herb garden to escape the smoke of the burning clothes. As Agnes weeds, she remembers Natan’s workshop. Agnes enjoys the weeding, but Margrét’s lungs give her trouble and she struggles to... (full context)
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...her impending death. Agnes thinks the only person who could understand how she feels is Natan, because he knew her so incredibly well. Agnes thinks Tóti can do nothing for her,... (full context)
Chapter 4
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...Dagga tells Tóti that their baby is sick, and they have no medicine now that Natan Ketilsson is dead. The little girl tells Tóti that Natan cured her of whooping cough. (full context)
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Gudrún says that Natan was a sorcerer named Satan who deserved his end. Tóti asks what she means, and... (full context)
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...a priest told Agnes that if she did not repent, she would burn in hell. Natan, on the other hand, did not believe in sin. Agnes remembers him telling her this... (full context)
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...She enjoys the feeling, which resembles her delirious happiness in her first romantic months with Natan. Suddenly, Agnes realizes that Gudmundur is leering at her. She is used to men looking... (full context)
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...offered to serve as executioner, but that Blöndal rejected him because he wants Gudmundur Ketilsson, Natan’s brother, to do the honors. (full context)
Chapter 5
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...which Rósa tells Agnes not to be surprised by her pain, accuses Agnes of stealing Natan away from her, and says that Agnes gave her soul to the Devil. This poem... (full context)
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...the bathroom, trying not to wake anyone. Agnes’s terror lingers and she thinks of how Natan, although he did not have much respect for Christianity, believed strongly in the power of... (full context)
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...leave Agnes alone, but that, unlike the others, she does not believe that Agnes killed Natan and Pétur. (full context)
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...visited her before to give her a poem, in which she berated her for killing Natan. Agnes, growing agitated, says that, because Rósa was a married woman, Natan was not hers... (full context)
Chapter 6
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...next day. She thinks someone whispered her name in her ear, and believes she sees Natan’s face in front of her. It seems to have been a dream, however, as no... (full context)
Chapter 7
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...detail to try to convince Tóti to stop empathizing with Agnes. Blöndal tells Tóti how Natan and Pétur had gone to bed and Fridrik and Agnes murdered them in their sleep... (full context)
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...points out that Agnes did not actually kill them, but Blöndal thinks that Agnes killed Natan. Blöndal believes that, after Fridrik killed Pétur, he lost the nerve to murder Natan. Blöndal... (full context)
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...means to make an example of Agnes and says that he heard Blöndal has appointed Natan’s brother as executioner, and Blöndal tells him that they are there to discuss Tóti’s work,... (full context)
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...tells him that she needs to speak with him. She says that she worked for Natan just before Agnes arrived. Karitas says that Natan had told Agnes she could be his... (full context)
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Tóti tells Karitas that he knows opinions about Natan are divided. Karitas tells him that Blöndal liked Natan because Natan healed his wife. Karitas... (full context)
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...to change the structure of their meetings, and he asks if it is true that Natan healed Blöndal’s wife. Agnes confirms that it is true. Tóti tell Agnes that Karitas says... (full context)
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Tóti asks Agnes to tell him about Natan, and Agnes says that she met Natan when she was working on Worm Beck’s farm.... (full context)
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...says that, unlike Rósa, she does not brag about her poems. She tells him that Natan loved Rósa’s way with words and they spoke to each other in verse. Agnes then... (full context)
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Agnes had no opinion of Natan at that point. María told her that Natan had left Rósa and bought his own... (full context)
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...to get ready for the feast. Later that night, the servants celebrated amongst themselves, and Natan asked to join as they told stories. He sat next to Agnes. Natan later told... (full context)
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...as she thinks that Tóti is probably wondering about the nature of her relationship with Natan. Agnes thinks it is strange to try to remember a time when she did not... (full context)
Chapter 8
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Chapter Eight begins with a poem Rósa wrote to Natan in 1837. In the poem, Rósa thinks of how happy she was with Natan even... (full context)
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Agnes remembers the previous autumn on Natan’s farm, when Natan made a mistake gutting a sheep and Fridrik laughed at him. Agnes... (full context)
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...used to salt the meat. It makes her think of how she used to help Natan mix medicines. Agnes remembers Natan talking to her as she made blood sausage the year... (full context)
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...head close to the fire to burn away the hair, the smell reminds her of Natan’s farm burning with the bodies in it. Agnes gets upset and goes outside. Margrét finds... (full context)
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...Agnes and Tóti sitting in the badstofa as Agnes tells him that, after first meeting Natan, Agnes did not see him for days. Then Natan turned up while she was cutting... (full context)
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Tóti asks if she is talking about the same Pétur that was murdered when Natan was, and Agnes confirms that she is. She says they were all afraid of Pétur,... (full context)
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...Lauga to go back to her knitting. Agnes asks Lauga what Róslín told her about Natan’s dreams. Lauga says that Natan had a dream that an evil spirit stabbed him in... (full context)
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...bad reputation for having been arrested for killing animals for fun. Agnes says she walked Natan to Worm and then rejoined María in the field. Agnes told her about Natan’s visit... (full context)
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...talk. Agnes says she thought that María was jealous because Agnes was the one getting Natan’s attention, and because they both knew that Natan was looking for a housekeeper. Whenever Natan... (full context)
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...though, it is impossible for him to understand what it was like to be with Natan. She remembers walking in the snow in the evenings and talking with Natan about how... (full context)
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Natan had then asked Agnes what the name was for the space between the stars, and... (full context)
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Agnes fell in love with Natan and felt flattered that he had chosen her. She would look with satisfaction at the... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...Kornsá because the weather is not good. While fixing Steina’s knitting, Agnes tells Tóti about Natan’s farm, which was far from everything. She describes her long journey along the coast to... (full context)
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...Sigga’s bed and her bed were made up. When Sigga came back, Agnes asked where Natan was, and if he had gone to church. Sigga said no, Natan was not a... (full context)
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...and the shore on the other. There were seals, ducks, driftwood, and constant sea fog. Natan’s workshop was out on a little island in the water that faced the mountain so... (full context)
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...and then said that she had never been a housekeeper before. This surprised Agnes, since Natan told Agnes that she would be the housekeeper. Agnes thought that there was some mistake,... (full context)
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The day after she arrived, Agnes saw Natan walking along the shore. Sigga told her that he’d arrived the night before. Agnes did... (full context)
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...belongs to a happier, more pious life in which she would never have fallen for Natan. (full context)
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Agnes thinks again of her first day at Natan’s farm, when she spent all day with Natan in his workshop. Natan told her about... (full context)
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Natan and Agnes then had sex in the workshop. Agnes thinks Sigga must have known that... (full context)
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...switches back to the third person. Agnes resumes telling Tóti about her first days at Natan’s farm. Natan had been happy that she was there. Agnes worked and talked with Sigga... (full context)
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It was an isolated life, but Agnes loved Natan and tolerated Sigga. Agnes asks Tóti if Sigga had been granted her appeal. Tóti is... (full context)
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Soon after Agnes arrived, Fridrik visited for the first time. Natan introduced Fridrik and his lover Thórunn and they stayed for dinner. Fridrik was the son... (full context)
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After Fridrik left, Natan disappeared briefly to check if he had stolen anything. According to Agnes, Natan and Fridrik’s... (full context)
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...order to get married, she needed permission from a priest, from the authorities, and from Natan. Sigga seemed worried about Natan’s approval. Sigga asked Agnes if she thought Fridrik was a... (full context)
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During lambing season, Natan was away traveling. Neither Agnes nor Sigga could deliver the lambs themselves because they were... (full context)
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Meanwhile, Sigga adored Fridrik, who soon forgot about Thórunn. When Natan returned to the farm, Sigga told him Fridrik had helped with the lambs and Natan... (full context)
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...to testify at court. Rósa declined to do so. Rósa told the clerk that, after Natan left her, Fridrik made advances on her. According to Rósa, Fridrik thought that Natan had... (full context)
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...of the church. Agnes wonders if she would have had a stronger support network if Natan had allowed her to go to church. (full context)
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...could have been friends under different circumstances. Agnes had heard a lot about Rósa from Natan, who described their romantic relationship to Agnes. Natan told Agnes he had sent Rósa letters... (full context)
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Natan had invited Rósa inside, but Rósa said she only came to drop Thóranna off. Agnes... (full context)
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...has arrived in full force. Agnes wonders if she would tell Tóti about sleeping with Natan if he were there. Agnes remembers Natan’s jealousy towards her and how Natan would go... (full context)
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The relationship became more and more toxic until one day Daníel talked to Agnes about Natan. Daníel mentioned that he had noticed that she and Sigga both received special presents from... (full context)
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...she would tell Tóti this if he were there. She thinks about another day on Natan’s farm. Daníel and Natan had gone fishing and Agnes saw them out on the water,... (full context)
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Agnes went to talk to Natan. She found him yelling at Sigga, and Agnes told Sigga, who seemed upset, to leave,... (full context)
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Natan did not find anything missing in the workshop but still refused to speak to Agnes.... (full context)
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Natan told Agnes that he saw her nailed to the wall by her hair in his... (full context)
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That night, Agnes lay awake waiting for Natan to return to the house. Eventually she fell asleep, but the rattle of Natan coming... (full context)
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...from 1828 that summarizes Fridrik’s brother Bjarni’s testimony. He stated that Fridrik killed two of Natan’s sheep the previous year. According to Bjarni, his mother told him not to mention that... (full context)
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...was having a nightmare about Fridrik’s farm, where she stayed for a few days before Natan died after he threw her out. Agnes then asks Margrét why she hasn’t asked her... (full context)
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...together, but in fact, Agnes only went to Thórbjörg for a place to stay after Natan threw her out. Margrét asks Agnes how the farm burnt down and Agnes insists it... (full context)
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...mentions how profoundly lonely the farm could be in the winter with so few neighbors. Natan went away often and did not seem to enjoy being back. Natan also did not... (full context)
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Later, Natan and Fridrik got into another fight. Afterward, Natan took his anger out on Sigga, yelling... (full context)
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Agnes deviates from her story to tell Margrét how the sea near Natan’s farm was different than other places in Iceland. She remembers once seeing two icebergs rubbing... (full context)
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...proposal to Sigga. That night it snowed so hard that Fridrik had to stay at Natan’s farm. Agnes realized that Natan hated Fridrik not because he thought Fridrik was going to... (full context)
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...were missing. Sigga said Fridrik killed them, and then sobbed. Fridrik, furious, told Agnes that Natan had been raping Sigga. Sigga was upset and said that she wanted to tell Agnes... (full context)
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Fridrik said he was going to kill Natan, and when Agnes asked why, since Fridrik was going to marry Sigga anyway, Fridrik told... (full context)
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Three days later, after Fridrik had left, Natan returned to the farm. Natan was angry about Fridrik and Sigga’s engagement and he accused... (full context)
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...returns to the kitchen and asks Agnes to continue her story. Agnes tells Margrét that Natan apologized to Sigga for being unreasonable and said she could marry whoever she wanted. Christmas... (full context)
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The narrative returns to first person. One night, Agnes told Natan she knew he had been sleeping with Sigga. She said that she forgave him. Natan... (full context)
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When Agnes persisted in asking him, Natan called her a nag. Agnes exploded, calling him a dog and telling him to go... (full context)
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...to keep from freezing. Eventually, Sigga brought Agnes clothes and shoes. Sigga told Agnes that Natan wouldn’t let Agnes inside, and said “I’m so sick of living here.” The next morning... (full context)
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...third-person, moves back to describing Margrét and Agnes’s conversation. Margrét is shocked to hear that Natan threw Agnes out in the snow. Agnes tells her to continue her story. She tells... (full context)
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Thórbjörg then told Fridrik that Natan was trying to steal Sigga from him. Thórbjörg said that, as long as Natan was... (full context)
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...narrative then switches back to Agnes’s voice. She describes how she and Fridrik arrived at Natan’s farm together. Sigga answered the door and let them in, though Natan had told her... (full context)
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...suggested a farm where Agnes might find work. As they were planning, the trio saw Natan arriving with Pétur. When Natan got to the house and saw Agnes, he told her... (full context)
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...for a lamp, where she found Fridrik. Fridrik told her he did not know if Natan was dead or not. Agnes’s heart dropped. She found a lamp and then went to... (full context)
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Agnes, furious with Fridrik, asked him what he was going to do now. Natan, who tried to get out of the bed, fell. Agnes realized that Natan was too... (full context)
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Fridrik then told Agnes that she killed Natan. Fridrik began sobbing, then took the knife out of Natan’s stomach and walked out. Agnes... (full context)
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...Agnes must have a priest visit them each day, that the execution should occur near Natan’s farm, that the platform should be made of turf, that Gudmundur Ketilsson be trained for... (full context)
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The narrative returns to Agnes’s first person perspective, as she remembers how Fridrik never found Natan’s money after his death, before they burned the farm with the whale oil. At Kornsá... (full context)