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by Henrik Ibsen

Ghosts Respect and Reputation Quotes

How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Act.Line). Every time a character talks counts as one line, even if what they say turns into a long monologue. We used William Archer's translation.

Quote #1

MANDERS. Well, I mean people in such independent and influential positions that one cannot help attaching some weight to their opinions. (1.209)

As a provincial clergyman, Manders has social, political and business duties. Preserving his reputation among the who's who is important to preserving his welfare.

Quote #2

MANDERS. Now, as I have been your adviser, and have had the business arrangements in my hands, I cannot but fear that I may have to bear the brunt of fanaticism –
MRS. ALVING. Oh, you mustn't run the risk of that.
MANDERS. To say nothing of the attacks that would assuredly be made upon me in certain papers and periodicals, which – (1.215-217)

Manders brings up his personal reputation as the last support for the argument against insuring the orphanage. It's the closest to his heart, and also the most convincing for Mrs. Alving, who cares about him.

Quote #3

OSWALD. And yet he managed to do so much in the world; so much that was good and useful; although he died so early. (1.295)

Almost wholly informed about his father through his mother's deceptive letters, Oswald has an image of his father as a charitable nobleman.

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