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An Enemy of the People
by Henrik Ibsen
Mayor Peter Stockmann Timeline and Summary
The Mayor interrogates Hovstad about the article the Doctor is writing. Gets mad at the Doctor when the Doctor won't tell him what investigations he's doing on the Baths. He receives a report from his brother, saying that the Baths are contaminated with dangerous bacteria. Mayor Stockmann informs Dr. Stockmann that the supposedly necessary renovations to the Baths would ruin the town, and tells Dr. Stockmann that his report isn't sufficient. He tries to talk his brother out of publishing the report. The Mayor threatens to fire the Doctor from his position as Medical Officer at the Baths if he doesn't keep quiet. When the Doctor won't comply, Mayor Stockmann turns Aslaksen and Hovstad against him. The Mayor arranges to have article published that says that everything is great with the Baths. He then manipulates the town meeting so as to not allow Dr. Stockmann to read his article out loud. The Mayor is horribly offended and publicly humiliated by his brother's tirade about society. After firing his brother, he offers to give him his job back in a few months if he retracts all his statements. Mayor Stockmann accuses his brother of being in league with Morten Kiil in an attempt to take over the Baths. He makes his exit confident that he has thoroughly defeated his truth-loving brother.