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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 #1

No; it is only the moral victory I care for. (2.267)

In another translation, this line reads: "I only want to win in the eyes of the world." Eilert doesn’t want money, he wants respect. Ironically, he flushes his reputation down the toilet later that night…

Quote #2

You don't love him then!
But I won't hear of any sort of unfaithfulness! Remember that. (2.312-3)

Despite her apparent independence and rebellious attitude, Hedda is still restricted by her adherence to traditional values.

Quote #3

[Clenches his hands.] Oh, why did you not carry out your threat? Why did you not shoot me down?
Because I have such a dread of scandal. (2.359-60)

Reputation is far more important than human life in Hedda Gabler, as we will see many more times in the acts that follow.

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