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Hedda Gabler

Henrik Ibsen

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Hedda Gabler, daughter of an aristocratic General, has just returned from her honeymoon with George Tesman, an aspiring young academic, reliable but not brilliant, who has combined research with their honeymoon. The reappearance of Tesman’s academic rival, Eilert Lovborg, throws their lives into disarray.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Give her my very best love, Auntie; and say I shall look in and see her later in the day.


Yes, yes, I'll be sure to tell her. But by-the-bye, George—[Feeling in her dress pocket]—I had almost forgotten—I have something for you here.


What is it, Auntie? Eh?


[Produces a flat parcel wrapped in newspaper and hands it to him.] Look here, my dear boy.


[Opening the parcel.] Well, I declare!—Have you really saved them for me, Aunt Julia! Hedda! isn't this touching—eh?


[Beside the whatnot on the right.] Well, what is it?


My old morning-shoes! My slippers.


Indeed. I remember you often spoke of them while we were abroad.


Yes, I missed them terribly. [Goes up to her.] Now you shall see them, Hedda!


[Going towards the stove.] Thanks, I r. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Norwegian playwright, Henrik Ibsen’s work Hedda Gabler, introduced me to one of my favourite female leads in recent memory. What a complex (and painful) character she was.

Hedda is an unhappily newly married woman who has just returned to Oslo after a European honeymoon. It’s clear she was bored witl

“It’s a release to know that in spite of everything a premeditated act of courage is still possible”—Hedda

"If in the first act you have hung a pistol on the wall, then in the following one it should be fired. Otherwise don't put it there"--Chekhov

I love this play. I decided to listen to it since I h

We read this in high school. We were sixteen, what did we know? Fifty years later it is the most awesome work. Godzilla loosed upon the innocent villagers. They don’t stand a chance. Stomp. Crash. Kaboom. It’s so cool. Go monster!

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