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.
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…
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.
[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.