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Hedda Gabler

Hedda Gabler

by Henrik Ibsen

Manipulation Quotes

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Quote #1

Yes, of course—it makes it a little more expensive. But Hedda had to have this trip, Auntie! She really had to. Nothing else would have done. (1.75)

Hedda doesn’t even have to manipulate George; he acts the subordinate oaf just fine on his own.

Quote #2

HEDDA
Well then, we must try to drift together again. Now listen. At school we said to each other; and we called each other by our Christian names—
MRS. ELVSTED
No, I am sure you must be mistaken.
HEDDA
No, not at all! I can remember quite distinctly. So now we are going to renew our old friendship. [Draws the footstool closer to
MRS. ELVSTED
] There now! [Kisses her cheek.] You must […] call me Hedda. (1.300-2)

Hedda always gets what she wants without actually revealing her desires, a technique no other character can execute in the play, even Judge Brack.

Quote #3

HEDDA
[Leaning against the arm of the chair.] Thea—my poor, sweet Thea—now you must tell me everything—exactly as it stands.
MRS. ELVSTED
Well, then you must question me.
HEDDA
What sort of a man is your husband, Thea? I mean—you know—in everyday life. Is he kind to you? (1.330-2)

Notice that Hedda is always the one asking the questions, and very rarely the one revealing any information about herself.

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