Wednesday, 18 May 2016

HEDDA GABLER BY HENRIK IBSEN

Quite irreproachable, I assure you. In every respect. All the same -- in this big city -- with money in his pockets -- I'm so dreadfully frightened something may happen to him.

Quite irreproachably, ........... happen to him.

REFERENCE
(i) Drama: Hedda Gabler
(ii) Dramatist: Henrik Ibsen
CONTEXT
(i) Occurrence: Act 1
(ii) Content: Hedda marries George but finds life with him to be dull. George spends most of his time in libraries doing research in history for a book. A friend of Hedda comes to visit her and tells her of Lovborg, an old friend of both women. Lovborg has also written a book on history. In the past, he has lived a life of degeneration. Now he has quit drinking and has devoted himself to serious work. Lovborg loses his manuscript at a party. When George returns home with Lovborg's manuscript, Hedda burns it. Lovborg comes to Hedda and confesses how he has failed in his life. Hedda talks him into committing suicide which he does. George begins to reconstruct Lovborg's manuscript with the help of Thea. In the end, Hedda commits suicide with her pistol.
EXPLANATION
     These lines show Mrs. Elvsted love and concern for Eilert Lovborg. After Lovborg comes to tutor the stepchildren of Mrs. Elvsted, she falls in love with him. However, after two years, Lovborg leaves Elvsted's house and goes to the "terrible town, with so many temptations on all sides". Mrs. Elvsted follows him. She shows up at the Tesman's house in distress. She tells Tesman and Hedda that, for the last two years, Lovborg's conduct has be "quite irreproachable"; he has been free of drunkenness. He has been perfect and faultless in every respect. She is perturbed that Lovborg will get into trouble now that he is back in the city with a pile of money to boot. She is worried about his running around with a "dangerous crowd". She fears a relapse of his drinking habit. In short, Mrs. Elvsted wants to save her beloved from bad company, bad habits or any sort of trouble that might ruin his life. 

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