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Dealing with King Harald

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King Harald Hardradi offers to buy the bear and names the price: "the price you bought it for" We might wonder what precisely the expectations in buy/sell transactions are in a world that makes the opening move one that denies the seller anything more than reimbursement, without interest, for his wholesale price. Harald doesn't seem to take offense at Audun's refusal to accept the offer to buy for double the initial cost. Harald takes it rather as an invitation to ask for a gift. Though asking for a gift after twice having one's offers to buy rejected might strike us as strange, it is not unheard of in the saga world.

Keywords: Audun; bear; buy/sell transactions; gift; King Harald Hardradi



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