An Enemy of the People: The Wild Duck: Rosmersholm

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ACT TWO

JOHANNES ROSMER'S study. The way into it is through a door, left. At the back is a doorway with a curtain drawn back, leading to his bedroom. Right, a window, and in front of it a writing-table covered with books and papers. Bookshelves and cupboards line the walls. Simply furnished. Left, an old-fashioned sofa, with a table in front of it. ROSMER, in a smoking-jacket, is sitting on a high- backed chair at the writing-table. He is cutting the pages of a periodical, pausing now and again to read it. There is a knock on the door on the left.

ROSMER [without turning round]. Come in.

[ REBECCA WESTenters, in a dressing-gown.]

REBECCA. Good morning.

ROSMER [thumbing through his book]. Good morning, my dear. Was there something you wanted?

REBECCA. I just wanted to ask if you had slept well.

ROSMER. Oh, I had such a lovely deep sleep. No dreams . . . . [Turns.] And you?

REBECCA. Yes, thanks . . . eventually, in the early hours of the Morning . . . .

ROSMER. I can't remember feeling as light-hearted as this for a long time. Oh, what a good thing I got it off my chest.

REBECCA. Yes, you shouldn't have kept it to yourself so long, Johannes.

ROSMER. I can't understand how I could be such a coward.

REBECCA. Well, it wasn't exactly cowardice . . . .

ROSMER. Oh yes, it was. When I look closely at things, I can see it was partly cowardice.

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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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