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Miss Tesman arrives at the new Tesman house and converses with Berta about George.
Then she chats with George about Hedda, convinced that he is lucky to have snagged such a beautiful woman from an aristocratic family. She reveals that she took a mortgage out on she and Rina’s pension as security on George’s new carpets and furniture.
She explains that she bought a new hat to please Hedda.
When Hedda enters, she (Hedda) pretends that the hat belongs to the maid. Julie explains that it is hers, and soon leaves, but only after hinting that Hedda is pregnant.
Miss Tesman returns in Act IV, in mourning for her sister Rina. She tells Hedda not to worry about helping with funeral arrangements, as it’s no place for a woman like her. She hints some more at Hedda having a baby.
She also reveals her deep-seated need to take care of someone, to have another person to live for.