by Henrik Ibsen
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Freedom and Confinement Quotes
MRS. ALVING. Well, I seem to find explanation and confirmation of all sorts of things I myself have been thinking. (1.166)
MANDERS. It is the very mark of the spirit of rebellion to crave for happiness in this life. What right have we human beings to happiness? We have simply to do our duty, Mrs. Alving! And your duty...
ENGSTRAND. What the devil do you mean? Do you set yourself up against your father, you hussy? (1.34)
Lies and Deceit Quotes
MANDERS. [Lowering his voice.] But one should not talk about it, Mrs. Alving. One is certainly not bound to account to everybody for what one reads and thinks within one's own four walls. (1.181)
Respect and Reputation Quotes
MANDERS. Well, I mean people in such independent and influential positions that one cannot help attaching some weight to their opinions. (1.209)
Memory and the Past Quotes
MANDERS. When Oswald appeared there, in the doorway, with the pipe in his mouth, I could have sworn I saw his father, large as life. (1.279)
Society and Class Quotes
REGINA. Yes, you may be sure we'll see about it! Me, that have been brought up by a lady like Mrs Alving! Me, that am treated almost as a daughter here! (1.33)
Guilt and Blame Quotes
REGINA. Poor mother! you very soon tormented her into her grave. ENGSTRAND. [With a twist of his shoulders.] Oh, of course! I'm to have the blame for everything. (1.43-44)
ENGSTRAND. You wouldn't stop long with me, my girl. No such luck! If you knew how to play your cards, such a fine figure of a girl as you've grown in the last year or two – (1.82)
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