best answer

the last furniture van had left; the tenant, a young man with a crape band round his hat, walked for the last time through the empty rooms to make sure that nothing had been left behind. no, nothing had been forgotten, nothing at all. he went out into the front hall, firmly determined never to think again of all that had happened to him in these rooms. and all at once his eyes fell on half a sheet of foolscap, which somehow had got wedged between the wall and the telephone; the paper was covered with writing, evidently the writing of more persons than one. some of the entries were written quite legibly with pen and ink, while others were scribbled with a lead-pencil; here and there even a red pencil had been used. it was a record of everything that had happened to him in the short period of two years; all these things, which he had made up his mind to forget, were noted down. it was a slice of a human life on half a sheet of foolscap.

he detached the paper; it was a piece of scribbling paper, yellow and shining like the sun. he put it on the mantelpiece in the drawing-room and glanced at it. heading the list was a woman’s name: “alice,” the most beautiful name in the world, as it had seemed to him then, for it was the name of his fiancee. next to the name was a number, “15,11.” it looked like the number of a hymn, on the hymn-board. underneath was written “bank.” that was where his work lay, his sacred work to which he owed bread, home, and wife–the foundations of life. but a pen had been drawn through the word, for the bank had failed, and although he had eventually found another berth, it was not until after a short period of anxiety and uneasiness.

the next entries were: “flower-shop and livery-stable.” they related to his betrothal, when he had plenty of money in his pockets.

then came “furniture dealer and paper-hanger “–they were furnishing their house. “forwarding agents”–they were moving into it. the “box-office of the opera -house, no. 50,50”–they were newly married, and went to the opera on sunday evenings; the most enjoyable hours of their lives were spent there, for they had to sit quite still, while their souls met in the beauty and harmony of the fairyland on the other side of the curtain.

then followed the name of a man, crossed out. he had been a friend of his youth, a man who had risen high in the social scale, but who fell, spoilt by success, fell irremediably, and had to leave the country.

so unstable was fortune!

now, something new entered the lives of husband and wife. the next entry was in a lady’s hand: “nurse.” what nurse? well, of course, the kindly woman with the big cloak and the sympathetic face, who walked with a soft footfall, and never went into the drawing-room, but walked straight down the passage to the bedroom.

underneath her name was written “dr. l.”

and now, for the first time, a relative appeared on the list: “mama.” that was his mother-in-law, who had kept away discreetly, so as not to disturb their newly found happiness, but was glad to come now, when she was needed.

a great number of entries in red and blue pencil followed: “servants’ registry office”–the maid had left and a new one had to be engaged. “the chemist’s”–hm! life was growing dark. “the dairy”–milk had been ordered–sterilised milk!

“butcher, grocer, etc.” the affairs of the house were being conducted by telephone; it argued that the mistress was not at her post. no, she wasn’t, for she was laid up.

he could not read what followed, for it grew dark before his eyes; he might have been a drowning man trying to see through salt water. and yet, there it was written, plainly enough: “undertaker–a large coffin and a small one.” and the word “dust” was added in parenthesis.

it was the last word of the whole record. it ended with “dust”! and that is exactly what happens in life.

he took the yellow paper, kissed it, folded it carefully, and put it in his pocket.

in two minutes he had lived again through two years of his life.

but he was not bowed down as he left the house. on the contrary, he carried his head high, like a happy and proud man, for he knew that the best things life has to bestow had been given to him. and he pitied all those from whom they are withheld.

there are no direct deaths mentioned.

you have to analyze the piece to find any deaths that have been mentioned indirectly.

above is the piece if you would like to go through it.

please note that the title is, 'half a piece of foolscap', not, 'half a piece of paper'.

hope this helps!

have a nice day.

User Avatar

sharm fernando

lvl 4
โˆ™ 2021-10-19 06:00:34
this answer is:
User Avatar
study guides

ancient egyptian culture, practice , flash cards

4 cards

how did the egyptians used hieroglyphs to communicate

explain what hieroglyphics were and who used them.

an early form of paper made from reed is calledย 

theย ย helped historians understand hieroglyphics.ย ย (rosetta stone/astronomers)

see all cards
more answers
User Avatar


lvl 6
โˆ™ 2021-10-18 22:17:42


User Avatar

add your answer:

earn + 20 pts
q: how many died in he story of half a sheet of paper by august strindberg?
write your answer...
related questions

paper mario world?

paper mario is a unique game in the mario universe as everyone is flat as if they were little more than a sheet of paper. the whole game give the player the feeling they are in a pop up story book.

reaction paper in the movie august rush?

the movie of august rush is a very interesting story. this story have a lesson . the boy in this story loves music and i appreciate it . the boy didn't give up his dream . he pursue it . the ending is very good . its happy ending . he met his father in the ending.

where can you find a taylor swift piano sheet to love story?

where can i get the piano and cello sheet music of love story meets love story?


what is the problem in the story contents of the dead mans pockets?

the internal conflict in the story contents of a dead man's pockets is that tom's ambition leads him to risk his life, for his work. throughout the story we learn that he is very devoted towards work, and he has to make the choice to either go out onto the small ledge or stay inside and lose his hard work, because of this this is a person vs. self conflict. the external conflict is that the wind carries tom's yellow sheet of paper outside. he has been working on a project and all of his information was written on that sheet of paper. since the wind was the force that caused this conflict, it would be a person vs. nature conflict.

what is a narrative paper?

a narrative paper is a paper that tells a story. the genre is fiction.

is paper heart a true story?

no it is not a true story or based off a true story

how do you start your paper on the story of johna?

start by doing the research so you know all about the story. then begin by stating what the paper is going to be about.

what are the notes to songs by taylor swift?

you can get notes and sheet music to love story on and on hope this helps

what has the author odile limousin written?

odile limousin has written: 'historia del vidrio (informacion benjamin/story of glass)' 'the story of paper (young discovery library)' 'la historia de la hoja del papel/ the history of the sheet of paper' 'tv and films' -- subject(s): juvenile literature, motion pictures, production and direction, television

is there sheet music for love story by taylor swift for flute?

yes there is

what are the components of public speaking?

come up with your top five messages. think of a story to illustrate each message. come up with an image that conveys each message point if you are using ppt. have notes on a single sheet of paper. rehearse on video.

what grade did ralphie get on his paper in a christmas story?


who is the antagonist in august heat by william fryer harvey?

the antagonist of the story "august heat" is august.the protagonist of the story "august heat" is the winter snow.the theme of the story "august heat" would best represent strength and will power.the conflict of the story august heat is them trying to fight against the winter snow because they got trapped in. so they had to dig them self's out. well august dug him and percy out.

how tall is a story in meters?

2.4 m the height of a standard sheet of gyprock.

what was charles dickens 1st story charles dickens 1st story?

his first story was called the pickwick paper.

when will toy story 3 be out on dvd?

toy story three will bee out on 16 august

where can you find a song sheet for taylor swift's love story song?

how do you send a story to a newspaper?

contact the newspaper's editor for the paper you want to submit a story to. he will tell you the policies for a story submission and the guidelines.

which would make the best topic for a piece of paper of creative nonfiction?

a surprising true story from the

what is a critic paper?

a critic paper is the set of your reaction towards the selection or story you have read

what is critical paper?

a critic paper is the set of your reaction towards the selection or story you have read

how do you make a reaction paper?

writing what you understand about the story

how do you make reaction paper?

writing what you understand about the story

reaction paper of the story 'the cask of amontillado'?

what is the reaction in the cast of amontillado

people also asked

what is the lesson of half a sheet of paper by august strindberg?

view results

what is half a sheet of paper by august strindberg all about?

view results

is there a way to search all ebay sites for different countries at once?

view results