An Enemy of the People: The Wild Duck: Rosmersholm

By Henrik Ibsen; James McFarlane | Go to book overview

ACT ONE

Evening. DR. STOCKMANN's living-room, simply but tastefully furnished. In the side-wall, right, are two doors, one of which up- stage leads to the hall, and the other to the doctor's study. On the opposite wall and directly facing the hall door, another door leads to the rest of the house. In the middle of this wall stands a stove; down- stage of it is a sofa; above it hangs a mirror and in front of it is an oval table covered with a cloth. On the table, a shaded lamp is burning. In the back wall, the door to the dining-room stands open. Within, the table is laid for supper; a lighted lamp stands on the table.

BILLING, a napkin tucked under his chin, is seated within at the supper table. MRS. STOCKMANNstands by the table and hands him a serving dish on which is a large joint of beef. The other places at table are empty, and the table is in disarray as though after a meal.

MRS. STOCKMANN. Well, if you will arrive an hour late, Mr. Billing, you'll have to put up with everything being cold.

BILLING [eating]. It's absolutely delicious, really excellent.

MRS. STOCKMANN. You know how strict my husband is about keeping punctually to his mealtimes . . . .

BILLING. It doesn't matter to me in the least. In fact I almost believe it tastes better, sitting down like this to it, alone and undisturbed.

MRS. STOCKMANN. Ah well, as long as you enjoy it . . . . [Turns to the hall door and listens.] That's probably Hovstad.

BILLING. Quite likely.

[ PETER STOCKMANN, the Mayor, enters; he is wearing an overcoat and his mayor's hat, and he carries a stick.]

MAYOR. A very good evening to you, Katherine.

MRS. STOCKMANN [coming into the living-room]. Oh. It's you! Good evening. How nice of you to drop in like this.

MAYOR. I happened to be passing, so . . . [With a glance towards the dining-room.] Oh, but it seems you have company.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Oxford World's Classics i
  • Oxford World's Classics ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface vii
  • Introduction ix
  • Select Bibliography xxvi
  • Chronology of Henrik Ibsen xxix
  • An Enemy of the People [en Folkefiende] Play in Five Acts (1882) 1
  • Act One 3
  • Act Two 22
  • Act Three 44
  • Act Four 67
  • Act Five 86
  • The Wild Duck 107
  • Act One 109
  • Act Two 129
  • Act Three 152
  • Act Four 177
  • Act Five 200
  • Rosmersholm [rosmersholms] Play in Four Acts (1886) 221
  • Act One 223
  • Act Two 249
  • Act Three 274
  • Act Four 295
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