© 2015 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
Hedda Gabler

Hedda Gabler

by Henrik Ibsen
 Table of Contents

Hedda Gabler Appearances Quotes

How we cite our quotes:

Quote #1

MRS. ELVSTED is a woman of fragile figure, with pretty, soft features. Her eyes are light blue, large, round, and somewhat prominent, with a startled, inquiring expression. Her hair is remarkably light, almost flaxen, and unusually abundant and wavy. She is a couple of years younger than HEDDA She wears a dark visiting dress, tasteful, but not quite in the latest fashion. (Stage directions after 1.209)

Mrs. Elvsted embodies all the femininity that Hedda lacks; this is apparent from the moment we see her.

Quote #2

BRACK Because if I had thought of it I should have come a little—earlier. HEDDA [Crossing the room.] Then you would have found no one to receive you; for I have been in my room changing my dress ever since lunch. BRACK And is there no sort of little chink that we could hold a parley through? (2.20-2)

OK, Brack wants Hedda. We get the message. This is the result of her looks, yes, but also the fact that she shares Brack’s proclivity for the risqué.

Quote #3

LØVBORG. [Who has never taken his eyes off her, says softly and slowly:] Hedda—Gabler! (2.287)

Løvborg is presented as yet another admirer of the lovely Hedda. But we soon discover that, unlike George, his feelings have more to do with Hedda’s personality than her looks.

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...

Noodle's College Search