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Hedda Gabbler


Yes, indeed it is. Only think, Berta–some foreign university has
made him a doctor–while he has been abroad, you understand. I
hadn’t heard a word about it, until he told me himself upon the pier.
BERTA.
Well well, he’s clever enough for anything, he is. But I didn’t think
he’d have gone in for doctoring people.
MISS TESMA N.
No no, it’s not that sort of doctor he is. [Nods signi?cantly.]
But let me tell you, we may have to call him something still grander
before long.
BERTA.
You don’t day so! What can that be, Miss?
MISS TESMA N.
[Smiling.] H’m–wouldn’t you like to know! [With emotion.] Ah,
dear dear–if my poor brother could only look up from his grave now,
and see what his little boy has grown into! [Looks around.] But
bless me, Berta–why have you done this? Taken the chintz covers o?
all the furniture.
BERTA.
The mistress told me to. She can’t abide covers on the chairs, she
says.
MISS TESMA N.
Are they going to make this their everyday sitting-room then?
BERTA.
4Yes, that’s what I understood–from the mistress. Master George–the
doctor–he said nothing.
GEORGE TESMA N comes from the right into the inner room,
humming to himself, and carrying an unstrapped empty
portmanteau. He is a middle-sized, young-looking man of
thirty-three, rather stout, with a round, open, cheerful
face, fair hair and beard. He wears spectacles, and is
somewhat carelessly dressed in comfortable indoor clothes.
MISS TESMA N.
Good morning, good morning, George.
TESMA N.
[In the doorway between the rooms.] Aunt Julia! Dear Aunt Julia!
[Goes up to her and shakes hands warmly.] Come all this way–so
early ! Eh?
MISS TESMA N.
Why, of course I had to come and see how you were getting on.
TESMA N.
In spite of your having had no proper night’s rest?
MISS TESMA N.
Oh, that makes no di?erence to me.
TESMA N.
Well, I suppose you got home all right from the pier? Eh?
MISS TESMA N.
Yes, quite safely, thank goodness. Judge Brack was good enough to
see me right to my door.
TESMA N.
We were so sorry we couldn’t give you a seat in the carriage. But
you saw what a pile of boxes Hedda had to bring with her.
MISS TESMA N.
Yes, she had certainly plenty of boxes.
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