A PLAY IN FOUR ACTS
HENNING TJAELDE, merchant and brewer.
MRS. TJAELDE, his wife.
VALBORG and SIGNE, their daughters.
LIEUTENANT HAMAR, engaged to Signe.
SANNAES, Tjaelde's confidential clerk.
JAKOSSEN, manager of Tjaelde's brewery.
BERENT, a lawyer.
PRAM, a custom-house official.
LIND, a guest.
FINNE, a guest.
RING, a guest.
HOLM, a guest.
KNUTZON, a guest.
KNUDSEN, a guest.
FALBE, a guest.
(SCENE.--A sitting-room in the TJAELDES' house, opening on a verandah that is
decorated with flowers. It is a hot summer's day. There is a view of the sea beyond the
verandah, and boats are visible among the islands that fringe the coast. A good-sized
yacht, with sails spread, is lying close up under the verandah on the right. The room is
luxuriously furnished and full of flowers. There are two French windows in the left-hand
wall; two doors in the right-hand. A table in the middle of the room; arm-chairs and
rocking-chairs scattered about. A sofa in the foreground on the right. LIEUTENANT
HAMAR is lying on the sofa, and SIGNE sitting in a rocking-chair.)
Hamar. What shall we do with ourselves to-day?
Signe (rocking herself). Hm! (A pause.)
Hamar. That was a delicious sail we had last night. (Yawns.) But I am sleepy to-day.
Shall we go for a ride?
Signe. Hm! (A pause.)