An Enemy of the People
Dr. Stockmann. No back ways for me, Katherine, (Raising his voice.) You will
hear more of this enemy of the people, before he shakes the dust off his shoes
upon you! I am not so forgiving as a certain Person; I do not say: "I forgive you,
for ye know not what ye do."
Aslaksen (shouting). That is a blasphemous comparison, Dr. Stockmann!
Billing. It is, by God! It's dreadful for an earnest man to listen to.
A Coarse Voice. Threatens us now, does he!
Other Voices (excitedly). Let's go and break his windows! Duck him in the fjord!
Another Voice. Blow your horn, Evensen! Pip, pip!
(Horn-blowing, hisses, and wild cries. DR. STOCKMANN goes out through the
hall with his family, HORSTER elbowing a way for them.)
The Whole Crowd (howling after them as they go). Enemy of the People! Enemy
of the People!
Billing (as he puts his papers together). Well, I'm damned if I go and drink toddy
with the Stockmanns tonight!
(The crowd press towards the exit. The uproar continues outside; shouts of
"Enemy of the People!" are heard from without.)