II. I will sit by you while you tell me some pleasant tale to pass away the time. MATURIN: Bertram.
- I ^HE reader is already aware that we are at Thrond-
-^ hjem, one of the four chief cities in Norway, although not the residence of the viceroy. At the date of this story (1699) the kingdom of Norway was still united to Denmark, and governed by a viceroy whose seat was in Bergen, a larger, handsomer, and more southerly town than Throndhjem, in spite of the disagreeable nick- name attached to it by the famous Admiral Tromp. Throndhjem offers a pleasant prospect as you approach it by the fjord to which the city gives its name. The harbor is quite large, although it cannot be entered easily in all weathers. At this time it resembled nothing so much as a long canal, lined on the right bv Danish and Norwegian