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Hedda Gabler

Hedda Gabler


by Henrik Ibsen

Hedda Gabler Dreams, Hopes, and Plans 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 Edmund Gosse and William Archer's translation.

Quote #1

[Who has been gazing at her with folded hands.] Hedda is lovely—lovely—lovely. [Goes up to her, takes her head between both hands, draws it downwards, and kisses her hair.] God bless and preserve Hedda Tesman—for George's sake. (1.166)

This is one of the first expectations for the future we see in Hedda Gabler, and indeed the plan does go awry.

Quote #2

He said that when they parted, she threatened to shoot him with a pistol. (1.385)

In some ways, this is the one plan that does come to fruition in Hedda Gabler. Hedda may not shoot Eilert herself, but she certainly orchestrates his death and is directly responsible for the events leading up to it.

Quote #3

Well but, Judge Brack—it would show the most incredible lack of consideration for me. [Gesticulates with his arms.] For—just think—I'm a married man! We have married on the strength of these prospects, Hedda and I; and run deep into debt; and borrowed money
from Aunt Julia too. Good heavens, they had as good as promised me the appointment. Eh? (1.475)

Tesman’s reaction to this change of plans directly mirrors Hedda’s reaction to the reality of their marriage, which stands in opposition to her expectations.

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