An Enemy of the People: The Wild Duck: Rosmersholm

By Henrik Ibsen; James McFarlane | Go to book overview

ACT THREE

The editorial office of the People's Herald. The entrance door is
on the back wall, left; on the same wall, right, is a glazed door,
through which the printing shop can be seen. On the right wall is
another door. A large table stands in the middle of the room covered
with papers, newspapers, and books. Downstage, left, is a window,
near which is a writing desk with high stool. A couple of armchairs
by the table, other chairs along the walls. The room is gloomy and
cheerless; the furniture is old, the armchairs dirty and torn. Within
the printing shop, a few compositors are at work; further back a hand
press is being worked.

HOVSTADis sitting at the desk, writing. After a moment or two, BILLINGcomes in from the right with the DOCTOR'S manuscript in his hand.

BILLING. Well, I must say . . .!

HOVSTAD [writing]. Have you read it through?

BILLING [puts the manuscript on the desk]. Yes, I have that.

HOVSTAD. Pretty scathing, isn't he?

BILLING. Scathing! Damn it, it's absolutely devastating! Every word lands--what shall I say?--like a blow from a sledge-hammer.

HOVSTAD. Yes, but they're not the sort you can knock down with one blow.

BILLING. That's true! But then we'll just keep on hitting them . . . time and time again until the whole set-up collapses. Sitting in there reading it, I just felt as though I could see the revolution coming.

HOVSTAD [turning]. Hush! Don't let Aslaksen hear that.

BILLING [lowering his voice]. Aslaksen is a chicken-hearted little coward. He's got no backbone. But I hope this time you're going to insist? Eh? The Doctor's article will go in?

HOVSTAD. Yes, as long as the Mayor doesn't give in without a fight . . . .

BILLING. Make things damned dull if he does.

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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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