An Enemy of the People
(SCENE,--The same. The door into the dining room is shut. It is morning. MRS.
STOCKMANN, with a sealed letter in her hand, comes in from the dining room,
goes to the door of the DOCTOR'S study, and peeps in.)
Mrs. Stockmann. Are you in, Thomas?
Dr. Stockmann (from within his room). Yes, I have just come in. (Comes into the
room.) What is it?
Mrs. Stockmann. A letter from your brother.
Dr. Stockmann. Aha, let us see! (Opens the letter and reads:) "I return herewith
the manuscript you sent me" (reads on in a low murmur) H'm!--
Mrs. Stockmann. What does he say?
Dr. Stockmann (putting the papers in his pocket). Oh, he only writes that he will
come up here himself about midday.
Mrs. Stockmann. Well, try and remember to be at home this time.
Dr. Stockmann. That will be all right; I have got through all my morning visits.
Mrs. Stockmann. I am extremely curious to know how he takes it.
Dr. Stockmann. You will see he won't like it's having been I, and not he, that
made the discovery.
Mrs. Stockmann. Aren't you a little nervous about that?
Dr. Stockmann. Oh, he really will be pleased enough, you know. But, at the
same time, Peter is so confoundedly afraid of anyone's doing any service to the
town except himself.
Mrs. Stockmann. I will tell you what, Thomas--you should be good natured, and
share the credit of this with him. Couldn't you make out that it was he who set
you on the scent of this discovery?
Dr. Stockmann. I am quite willing. If only I can get the thing set right. I--
(MORTEN KIIL puts his head in through the door leading from the hall, looks
around in an enquiring manner, and chuckles.)