An Enemy of the People: The Wild Duck: Rosmersholm

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ACT THREE

HJALMAR EKDAL'S studio. It is morning; the daylight comes through the big window in the sloping roof; the curtain is drawn back. HJALMAR is sitting at the table busy retouching a photograph; several other pictures are lying in front of him. After a while GINA comes in by the hall door, in her hat and coat, carrying on her arm a covered basket.

HJALMAR. Is that you back already, Gina?

GINA. Oh, yes. Have to look slippy. [She puts the basket on a chair and takes off her things.]

HJALMAR. Did you look in on Gregers?

GINA. Yes, I did. And a bonny sight it is in there. He's no sooner here but what he's got the whole room in a right rare state.

HJALMAR. Oh?

GINA. Yes, he wanted to manage for himself he said. Decided to light the fire, so what did he do but screw the damper down so the whole room was filled with smoke. Ugh, the stink! Just like . . .

HJALMAR. Oh dear!

GINA. But you haven't heard the best bit. Because then he wanted to put it out, so he just took a whole jug of water off the washstand and poured it all into the stove, and now there's the most awful wet mess all over the floor.

HJALMAR. What a nuisance!

GINA. I've got the woman downstairs to come and clean up after him-- the pig. But the place won't be fit to go into again until this afternoon.

HJALMAR. What's he doing with himself the meantime?

GINA. He was going out for a bit, he said.

HJALMAR. I looked in on him as well for a minute. Just after you'd gone out.

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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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