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Hedda Gabler

Hedda Gabler

  

by Henrik Ibsen

Hedda Gabler Respect and Reputation 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 #4

HEDDA
The fact that I dared not shoot you down—
LØVBORG
Yes!
HEDDA
—-that was not my arrant cowardice—that evening. (2.370-2)

Hedda is afraid of more than one scandal here – not just the obvious downfall of her role in Eilert's death, but also the general social transgression of getting too involved with a man of questionable repute. ("Questionable repute" is Victorian for "raging alcoholic.")

Quote #5

HEDDA
At ten o'clock—he will be here. I can see him already—with vine-leaves in his hair—flushed and fearless— (2.486)

Hedda imagines Eilert living life to the fullest, which in her mind means disregarding (or being "fearless" of) the rules of society.

Quote #6

BRACK
Not a single home. Henceforth, as before, every respectable house will be closed against Eilert Løvborg.
HEDDA
And so ought mine to be, you mean?
BRACK Yes. (3.200-2))

Here we see the rules of society being used as front for ulterior motives. Brack doesn’t really care about the Tesmans’ reputation; he just wants to be the only other man in Hedda’s life.

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