An Enemy of the People: The Wild Duck: Rosmersholm

By Henrik Ibsen; James McFarlane | Go to book overview

ACT TWO

HJALMAR EKDAL'S studio. The room, which is quite large, is recognizably an attic. On the right is a pitched roof with big skylights, half covered by a blue curtain. In the corner, top right, is the entrance-hall door; downstage, on the same side, a door leads into the living-room. Similarly there are two doors on the left wall, and between them an iron stove. On the rear wall are broad double sliding doors. The studio is cheaply but pleasantly furnished. Between the doors on the right, off the wall a little, stands a sofa, with a table and some chairs; on the table, a lighted lamp, shaded; in the corner by the stove, an old armchair. Various pieces of photographic apparatus and equipment are disposed about the room. On the rear wall, left of the double doors, is a bookcase containing a few books, some boxes and bottles of chemicals, various kinds of instruments, tools and other objects, Photographs and one or two little things like brushes, paper, and so on are lying on the table.

GINA EKDALis Sitting at the table, sewing. HEDVIG is sitting reading a book on the sofa, shading her eyes with her hands, her thumbs in her ears.

GINA [after glancing several times at her, as though secretly worried]. Hedvig!

[HEDVIG does not hear.]

GINA [louder]. Hedvig!

HEDVIG [takes her hands away and looks up]. Yes, Mother?

GINA. Hedvig dear, you mustn't sit reading any longer.

HEDVIG. Oh, but Mother, can't I read a little bit more? Just a little!

GINA. No, no, you must put the book away now. Your father doesn't like it; he never reads himself in the evenings.

HEDVIG [shuts the book]. No, Daddy isn't such a great one for reading.

GINA [putting her sewing down and taking a pencil and a little note-book on the table]. Can you remember what we paid for the butter today?

HEDVIG. It was one crown sixty-five.

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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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