"Sugar Land" scene
She picks up the hoe, looking at it with curious eyes. It's obvious she's never worked at a farm before, but oh, the hope in her eyes is enough to make him smile, even the tiniest bit. Olaf is quite sure she understands almost zero English, so he walks over and takes it from her gently, as not to startle her. Enchanting dark eyes look up from beneath thick lashes and she beams proudly in response. Words (German words, he thinks, with an internal cringe) stream from her mouth. Although he's Norweigan, their languages are close enough that he can understand relatively well.
"I have seen my papa at work with this!" She claims, pointing at the wooden handle with excitement. The quietness of a sunny, cloudless day sets in as they pick up a rhythm of learning and teaching, mostly without words. Olaf shows her where to pour the food for the horses, the pigs, the sheep (and he almost wants to laugh, because all this time, she still calls the pigs "pork" and the sheep "mutton.") Inge is intelligent and catches on fast and soon, a whole day is passed in this manner.
The next day is just as inspiring, uplifting. Inge brings her music horn out to the barn and she tries to show him how to waltz. No, he doesn't dance with her, but a smile is tugging at the corners of his mouth, because she has wormed her way into his heart without even trying. It might have been an arranged marriage, but it was (quite possibly) the most wonderful thing that had ever happened to him.
After a long day of work, they go to their respective beds, but not without Olaf giving her the biggest smile he has in his arsenal of the few twitches of the mouth he has. Emotions are normally in his eyes, not in his mouth or in his heart; everything pours out from that focal point of his watery brown eyes. Inge's face lights up like a bonfire and she beams, as if he has just given her the most precious gift.
Yes, things are not perfect; but they are certainly on their way.
Hello there, Bosa~! =] In my Humanities class, we just got done watching this BEAUTIFUL movie called "Sugar Land." It's about a young German woman (Inge) in the year 1920 coming to get married to a Norweigan immigrant. It was an arranged marriage, and from day one, she is made fun of and ostracized, all because she is German. She knows little English, so she doesn't quite understand what their saying. Olaf, the man she was supposed to get married to, is relatively aloof with her, if not flat-out /cold/.
But the two eventually fall in love and work together on the farm for the rest of their lives. "Honest farmers with honest dreams", I think the minister said. =] Really, the music in the movie and this song are so perfectly tuned to each other. I /love/ this piece. thank you so much for a great listen~!