An Enemy of the People: The Wild Duck: Rosmersholm

By Henrik Ibsen; James McFarlane | Go to book overview

ACT FIVE

DR. STOCKMANN'S study. Along the walls are bookcases and medicine cupboards. On the back wall is the door to the hall; left front is the door to the living-room. On the right wall are two windows, all the glass panes of which are smashed. In the centre of the room is the DOCTOR'S desk, covered with books and papers. The room is in disorder. It is morning.

DR. STOCKMANN, in dressing-gown, slippers and skull-cap, is bending down and raking under one of the cupboards with an umbrella. Finally he manages to rake out a stone.

DR. STOCKMANN [calling through the open door into the sitting-room]. I've found another one, Katherine.

MRS. STOCKMANN [from the living-room]. Oh, you'll find a lot more yet, I'm sure.

DR. STOCKMANN [adding the stone to a pile of others on the table]. I'm going to keep these stones--like relics. Ejlif and Morten must see them every day, and when they grow up, they'll inherit them. [Rakes under a bookcase.] Hasn't--what the devil's her name again-- you know, that girl--hasn't she gone for the glazier yet?

MRS. STOCKMANN [comes in]. Yes, but he said he didn't know if he could come today.

DR. STOCKMANN. He daren't--you'll see.

MRS. STOCKMANN. Yes, that's what Randina thought too--he was afraid of what the neighbours might say. [Calls into the living-room.] What's that you want, Randina? I see. [She goes out and comes back at once.] It's a letter for you, Thomas.

DR. STOCKMANN. Let me see. [He opens it and reads.] Aha!

MRS. STOCKMANN. Who's it from?

DR. STOCKMANN. From the landlord. He's given us notice.

MRS. STOCKMANN. Has he really? But he was such a nice man . . . .

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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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