The Ring Characters

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Lise

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Lovisa

Lovisa, who is called Lise by her husband, is the main character in Dinesen's story. She is nineteen years old and has been blissfully married for only a week to Sigismund, whom she has planned to marry for ten years. She is from a family of greater rank and wealth than Sigismund's, and her parents originally objected to him. Lovisa is girlish in many respects: she was still playing with dolls until fairly recently; the story of the thief reminds her of a fairy-tale character, "Red Ridinghood's wolf"; she has "never in her life been exposed to danger"; and she plays a game of hide-and-seek on Sigismund to make him grieve her absence. Yet Lovisa considers herself much more mature than her twenty-four-year-old husband. She delights in the freedom of having no secrets from him. Though she wants "to obey him in everything," she is...

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