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Hedda Gabbler


HEDDA GABLER
HENRIK IBSEN*
PLAY IN FOUR ACTS.
CHA RACTE RS.
GEORGE TESMA N.
HEDDA TESMAN, his wife.
MISS JULIANA TESMAN, his aunt.
MRS. ELVSTE D.
JUDGE BRA CK.
EILE RT LOVBORG.
BERTA, servant at the Tesmans.
Tesman, whose Christian name in the original is ”Jorgen,” is
described as ”stipendiat i kulturhistorie”–that is to say, the
holder of a scholarship for purposes of res earc h into the History
of Civilisation.
In the original ”Assessor.”
The scene of the action is Tesman’s villa, in the west end
of Christiania.
ACT FIRST.
A spacious, handsome, and tastefully furnished drawing room,
decorated in dark colours. In the back, a wide doorway with
curtains drawn back, leading into a smaller room decorated
in the same style as the drawing-room. In the right-hand
wall of the front room, a folding door leading out to the
hall. In the opposite wall, on the left, a glass door, also
with curtains drawn back. Through the panes can be seen
part of a verandah outside, and trees covered with autumn
foliage. An oval table, with a cover on it, and surrounded
by chairs, stands well forward. In front, by the wall on
the right, a wide stove of dark porcelain, a high-backed
arm-c hair, a cushioned foot-rest, and two footstools. A
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settee, with a small round table in front of it, ?lls the
upper right-hand corner. In front, on the left, a little
way from the wall, a sofa. Further back than the glass
door, a piano. On either side of the doorway at the back
a whatnot with terra-cotta and ma jolica ornaments.–
Against the back wall of the inner room a sofa, with a
table, and one or two chairs. Over the sofa hangs the
portrait of a handsome elderly man in a General’s uniform.
Over the table a hanging lamp, with an opal glass shade.–A
number of bouquets are arranged about the drawing-room, in
vases and glasses. Others lie upon the tables. The ?oors
in both rooms are covered with thick carpets.–Morning light.
The sun shines in through the glass door.
MISS JULIANA TESMAN, with her bonnet on a carrying a paras ol,
comes in from the hall, followed by BERTA, who carries a
bouquet wrapped in paper. MISS TESMAN is a comely and pleasant-
looking lady of about sixty-?ve. She is nicely but simply
dressed in a grey walking-costume. BERTA is a middle-aged
woman of plain and rather countri?ed appearance.
MISS TESMA N.
[Stops close to the door, listens, and says softly:] Upon my word, I
don’t believe they are stirring yet!
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