Hedda Gabler Drugs and Alcohol Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
And then how pitiful to think that he—with all his gifts—should be irreclaimable, after all. (3.79)
It’s interesting that what makes Eilert so appealing to Hedda is appalling to George.
I suppose you mean that he has more courage than the rest?
No, not at all—I mean that he is incapable of taking his pleasure in moderation. (3.80-1)
One man’s alcoholic is another’s brave hero; drinking means courage to Hedda because it represents a defiance of social expectations.
It will not end with last night—I know that perfectly well. And the thing is that now I have no taste for that sort of life either. I won't begin it anew. She has broken my courage and my power of braving life out. (3.293)
Eilert, like Hedda, seems to think that his drinking is a sign of courage, not a problem to be overcome. Yet he’s incapable of going back to what seems to be his preferred lifestyle. Why?