A PLAY IN FOUR ACTS
EVJE, a prosperous distiller.
GERTRUD, their daughter, engaged to HARALD REJN.
HAAKON REJN, a yeoman farmer.
HALVDAN REJN and HARALD REJN, his brothers.
The DOCTOR'S ASSISTANT.
INGEBORG, maid to the Evjes.
JOHN, coachman to the Evjes.
HALVDAN REJN's HOUSEKEEPER.
HALVDAN REJN's MAID.
The action takes place in a town in Norway.
(SCENE.--The breakfast-room at the EVJES' house. A glass-cupboard, in two partitions,
stands against the left-hand wall, well forward. On the top of it stand a variety of objects.
Beyond it, a stove. At the back of the room, a sideboard. In the middle of the room a
small round folding table, laid for four persons. There is an armchair by the stove; a sofa
on the right; chairs, etc. A door at the back of the room, and another in the left-hand wall.
There are paintings on the walls, and the general impression of the room is one of snug
comfort. EVJE, MRS. EVJE, and GERTRUD are seated at the table. INGEBORG is
standing by the sideboard. Breakfast is proceeding in silence as the curtain rises.
INGEBORG takes away EVJE'S cup and re-fills it. As she brings it back to him, a ring is
heard at the bell. GERTRUD gets up.)
Evje. Sit still; John will go to the door. (GERTRUD sits down again. Directly afterwards,
another ring is heard.)
Mrs. Evje. What can John be doing?
Ingeborg. I will go. (Goes out. She comes back, showing in HARALD REJN, who hangs
up his hat and coat in the hall before coming in.)
Harald. Good morning!