An Enemy of the People
(SCENE.--DR. STOCKMANN'S study. Bookcases and cabinets containing
specimens, line the walls. At the back is a door leading to the hall; in the
foreground on the left, a door leading to the sitting-room. In the righthand wall are
two windows, of which all the panes are broken. The DOCTOR'S desk, littered
with books and papers, stands in the middle of the room, which is in disorder. It is
morning. DR. STOCKMANN in dressing- gown, slippers and a smoking-cap, is
bending down and raking with an umbrella under one of the cabinets. After a little
while he rakes out a stone.)
Dr. Stockmann (calling through the open sitting-room door). Katherine, I have
found another one.
Mrs. Stockmann (from the sitting-room). Oh, you will find a lot more yet, I
Dr. Stockmann (adding the stone to a heap of others on the table). I shall
treasure these stones as relies. Ejlif and Morten shall look at them everyday, and
when they are grown up they shall inherit them as heirlooms. (Rakes about under
a bookcase.) Hasn't--what the deuce is her name?--the girl, you know--hasn't she
been to fetch the glazier yet?
Mrs. Stockmann (coming in). Yes, but he said he didn't know if he would be able
to come today.
Dr. Stockmann. You will see he won't dare to come.
Mrs. Stockmann. Well, that is just what Randine thought--that he didn't dare to,
on account of the neighbours. (Calls into the sitting-room.) What is it you want,
Randine? Give it to me. (Goes in, and comes out again directly.) Here is a letter
for you, Thomas.
Dr. Stockmann. Let me see it. (Opens and reads it.) Ah!--of course.
Mrs. Stockmann. Who is it from?
Dr. Stockmann. From the landlord. Notice to quit.
Mrs. Stockmann. Is it possible? Such a nice man
Dr. Stockmann (looking at the letter). Does not dare do otherwise, he says.
Doesn't like doing it, but dare not do otherwise--on account of his fellow-citizens--
out of regard for public opinion. Is in a dependent position--dares not offend
certain influential men.