The Lady From The Sea
(SCENE.--The distant part of DOCTOR WANGEL'S garden, and the carp pond. The
summer night gradually darkens.
ARNHOLM, BOLETTE, LYNGSTRAND and HILDE are in a boat, punting along the
shore to the left.)
Hilde. See! We can jump ashore easily here.
Arnholm. No, no; don't!
Lyngstrand. I can't jump, Miss Hilde.
Hilde. Can't you jump either, Arnholm?
Arnholm. I'd rather not try.
Bolette. Then let's land down there, by the bathing steps.
(They push off. At the same moment BALLESTED comes along the footpath, carrying
music-books and a French horn. He bows to those in the boat, turns and speaks to them.
The answers are heard farther and farther away.)
Ballested. What do you say? Yes, of course it's on account of the English steamer; for
this is her last visit here this year. But if you want to enjoy the pleasures of melody, you
mustn't wait too long. (Calling out.) What? (Shaking his head.) Can't hear what you say!
(ELLIDA, with a shawl over her head, enters, followed by DOCTOR WANGEL.)
Wangel. But, dear Ellida, I assure you there's plenty of time.
Ellida. No, no, there is not! He may come any moment.
Ballested (outside the fence). Hallo! Good-evening, doctor. Good- evening, Mrs.
Wangel (noticing him). Oh! is it you? Is there to be music tonight?
Ballested. Yes; the Wind Band Society thought of making themselves heard. We've no
dearth of festive occasions nowadays. Tonight it's in honour of the English ship.
Ellida. The English ship! Is she in sight already?