American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Mythology The husband of Brynhild, the brother-in-law of Sigurd, and the brother of Gudrun in the Volsunga Saga.
“However, I have to admit that once I heard there was a contestant by the name of Gunnar Deatherage I was immediately back on the train.”
“King had come called Gunnar, and had ridden the fire, and she must marry him.”
“The book fell open by itself at Lorenzo di Medici's carnival song, where a folded piece of paper lay in Gunnar's handwriting:”
“Gunnar is a nice boy, but he was angry with me because of Douglas.”
“And Brynhild went to her father, and said that a King had come called Gunnar, and had ridden the fire, and she must marry him.”
“Gunnar' -- steeped in the legends of old Norway, creating a fairy-land atmosphere about him and delighting to live in the ideal, -- into a so-called realist, setting himself to the task of brushing away all illusions and painting life as sterile and unpicturesque as it is in its meanest, most commonplace conditions.”
“As he heard the wind gust through the yellowing leaves of the trees outside, he frowned, recalling Gunnar's long-ago words: You have managed to turn order into chaos.”
“Hogni, it misses, or appears to miss, the point of the story; the motive of Gunnar, which is evident and satisfactory in the”
“The first, the story of Gunnar, which is a tragedy by itself, is a necessary part of the whole composition; for it is also the story of the wisdom of Njal and the dignity of Bergthora, without which the second part would be insipid, and the great act of the burning of Njal's house would lose its depth and significance.”
“Boyesen never surpassed "Gunnar" in the idyllic charm which in him was never at odds with reality; but he went forward from it, irregularly enough, as a novelist and critic and poet, till he arrived at his farthest reach in "The Mammon of Unrighteousness," a great picture of the American life which he painted with a mastery few born to it have equaled an fewer yet surpassed.”
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