Hans Christian Andersen is known for many things, as he presented, or what we draw of him. He is a man of a complex character. Even I still do not understand the full complexity of this man. A man buried in a florist of fairytales.
He has to be the most interesting person I've ever read. His childlike behavior is downright bizarre; But there is something I like about him. Its universal truth ignorance is bliss, and my universal truth: "You keep your innocence, you get to keep yourself"
Which he was hast on doing.
In the mind of Hans may have been vastly portrayed different by many biographers, and now Romantique Innocence explore the mind of Hans Christian Andersen.........
"And he fell in love with a girl. No better than none, but oddly, in love with another one."
Summer 1830, Hans felt the heat from the sun rays for the first time, and got burnt trying to reach the untouchable. Yep, he fell in love for the very first time.
Oh, The burn of love! Eh, why must I make everything irresistibly cheesy!
Me, just being Me!
Which may have been shocking for a prepubescent man. And, when I say prepubescence, I mean that.
At twenty-five with no tolerance for obscenity, and hedonism. Hans was steadfast on virtue.
The sweet hunger for love, converted for the need of compassion, and understanding. He found that in both Riborg, and Christian Voigt.
This moment was marked in stone, and made many presences in his infatuation, implausible pursuits. Man and woman battling to the end, for Hans. That's probably how it played off in his head.
Now who just was Riborg? I questioned.
She wasn't known as a beauty. But, better yet known for her introversion, and charming personality. An attraction for innocence to seem have been Han's personal favorite. Almost every woman, he screeched loved for having this characteristic.
Riborg Voigt was untouchable, and his first take on heartbreak.
And in his letter of proposal he gladly gave her way to escape. Contradictory, speaking only to her convenience, diplomacy, and sensibility.
Hans did not speak to her heart, and clearly pushed her away. On the other hand, Riborg only seen Hans as a good friend, this also a piece of repetition.
This is where the story become a tragic tale. Her refusal letter was found on him when he died, he kept it in a pocket in his jacket, close to his heart.
|Edvard & Louise Collins|
After Riborg, Hans took a new conquest, Louise Collin. Another failing to add to his list on unrequited lovers. The Collin family were patrons of Hans, and closely linked to his obsession. and acceptance from a family, that did not reciprocate his feelings.
Louise was clearly a shoulder to cry on, after the terrible refusal from the woman that'll forever haunt him.
Although one can't help to think, this fascination only enlightened simply in the imagine of Edvard. She was brought between a tug-a-war of homo-erotic.
Was he love or not with Louise? Keep an open mind until part two, I'll speak on Hans & Edvard.
In a spiel, Andersen written a proposal, and amorous letters. Unlike the first proposal to Riborg, "I wish you both happiness"Please forget someone who can never forget you "If you love this other perosn...please forgive me"; this time it was different. Pity me, understand me, then leave me. Were the words Andersen wrote.
After many pestering letters from Andersen, on New years day, Louise Announced her engagement to another fellow.
What could have been a licked away, simply became antithesis of reality, but this a brutal
blow to the heart from the Collin Family. Andersen decides it's time to travel. With The Collin family there to see him off. Andersen felt isolated, and abandon, and silently chastise by those whom he loved the most.
His life is scarred by both incidents. Making him feel unloveable, which must have been confusing to someone who never been shown, or taught love, and yet, no one was there to teach him about love.
After traveling, and meeting many similar artists, and quick fascinations such of the likes Sophie Ørsted, and Mademoiselle Rachel.
Andersen throughout, made excuses for Riborg, Louise, and Sophie claiming family, wealth, or another fellow got in the way.
He elevated to, Poverty, kept them away from me. Which was a lie. He knew that!
But, Andersen is about to come across a woman, that you might even say wow: she's perfect for this lonely man.
Jenny Lind must of hit Andersen like a ton of bricks. At the time these two crooss paths again, Jenny Lind was in operatic making. ( Jenny Lind does go on to become one of the most famous opera singers)
The similarities between these two, and are pretty damning.
Vastly religious, same turbulent upbringing, and love for art, for the sake of art.
Yes, Jenny Lind was the walking female version of Poor ole' Andersen.
Andersen was not in love with her beauty, but their relatability.
Like always, Hans resorted to writing love letters, and discussion his romantic infatuation with the public, and friends through his writings. Andersen obliviously known that Lind did not reciprocate his feelings, but fancifully wanted to keep the ideal of there love alive, for variety? muse? boredom?
While the Swedish Nightingale, lighten up his life thru literature. There was another that's exciting him around this time. Henrik Stampe, a young man of Aristocrat birth. However, they're friendship developed and frozen over fairly quickly.
Henrik appeared to have used Andersen just to get close Jonna Drewsen, whom was very close to Andersen. They two marry.
Jackie Wullschlager insists that these two had an affair, which I'm unsure about, but the possibilities are endless.
Eventually, Lind breaks the news to Andersen, which he wasn't oblivious too in the first place, she see's him as a friend and nothing more.
What could have been a licked away, simply became antithesis of reality.
Undoubtably, Andersen didn't help her see it any other way. Stating " may god see to it that her future husband makes her happy" You can't expect a woman to wooed by simply that.
Everyone around Andersen used him sentimental emotional reasons. Lind for emotional support, and Stampe, for a wife.
It took quite awhile for Andersen to realize this, and once he did he left. This also appears to be Andersen motto. Leave when things get complicated. Making him a cosmopolitan sort of fellow---
But Wait! There's More?Andersen is sort of a Quelle surprise. While you feel sorry for him, you try your hardest to understand him.
After carefully reviewing Andersen, I feel intrinsically close to what was known as a shell of a man, and heart of a boy. Andersen even noted in his well crafted biographies, and almanac in detail, exacerbated his life. With that he left behind puzzling homosexuality accusations. Which we'll explore in Part 2.
Tell me what you think?