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by Henrik Ibsen

Ghosts Society and Class 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

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)

Throughout the play, we see Regina actively strive to better her position. Whether by way of Oswald or Pastor Manders, she is on her way up. The last thing she wants to do is return to Engstrand (which is exactly what ends up happening).

Quote #2

ENGSTRAND. And besides, it was when your mother was that aggravating – I had to find something to twit her with, my child. She was always setting up for a fine lady. [Mimics.] "Let me go, Engstrand; let me be. Remember I was three years in Chamberlain Alving's family at Rosenvold." [Laughs.] Mercy on us! She could never forget that the Captain was made a Chamberlain while she was in service here. (1.42)

So Johanna had similar pretensions to be in a higher class, just like Regina. And Johanna was similarly thwarted. Engstrand's depiction of Johanna's obsession with Chamberlain Alving also makes us wonder if he knows who Regina's real father is.

Quote #3

ENGSTRAND. Ay, ay; you've picked up some learning out here; and that may come in useful now, Regina. (1.50)

Like Regina, Engstrand sees education as a way to pull yourself up in life. He has a different means in mind, however, imagining that her learning may attract a more sophisticated – and better paying – sort of man to the brothel.

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