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Strawman.

[Beaming with happiness.]

Now fortune's garden once again is green!
My wife has hopes, — a sweet presentiment —

[Draws him whispering apart.
She lately whispered of a glad event —

[Inaudible words intervene.
If all goes well ... at Michaelmas . . . thirteen !

Stiver.

\With Miss Jat on his arm, turning to Falk, smiles
triumphantly y and says, pointing to Strawman:]

I'm going to start a household, flush of pelf!



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Acrm] LOVE'S COMEDY 481

Miss Jat.
[With an ironical covftesy.]
I shall put on my wedding-ring next Yule.

Anna.
[Similarly y as she takes Lind's arm.]
My Lind will stay, the Church can mind itself —

LiND.

{Hiding his efnbarrassnteni.\
And seek an opening in a ladies* school.

Mrs. Halm.
I cultivate my Anna's capabilities —

GULDSTAD.

[Oravely.'l

An unromantic poem I mean to make
Of one who only lives for duty's sake.

Falk.
\Wilh a smile to the whole com'pany.'\

I go to scale the Future's possibilities!
Farewell! [Softly to Svanhild.

God bless thee, bride of my life's dawn.
Where'er I be, to nobler deed thou'lt wake me.

\Waves his hat and follows the Students.

Svanhild.
[Looks cfter him a m^oment, then says, softly but firmly:]
Now over is my life, by lea and lawn.



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The leaves are falling; — now the world may take me.
[At this Tnoment the piano strikes up a dance^
and champagne corks explode in the back-
ground. The gentlemen hurry to and fro
with their ladies on their arms. Guldstao
approaches Svanhild and bows: she etarts
momentarily, then collects herself and gives
him her hand. Mrs. Halm and her family,
who have watched the scene in suspense,
throng about them with expressions of rap-
turCy which are overpowered by the music and
the m^errimsnt of the dancers in the garden.
[But from the country the following chorus rings
loud and defiant through the dance music:

Chorus of Falk and the Students.

And what if I shattered my roaming bark»
It was passing sweet to be roaming!

Most of the CoifPANT.
Hurrah!

[Dance and merriment; the curtain falU.



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NOTES

P. 824. William Rttsad, An original historic tragedy, founded
upon the career of the ill-fated Lord William Russell, bj An-
dreas Munch, cousin of the historian P. A. Munch. It was
produced at Christiania in 1857, the year of Ibsen's return from
Bergen, and reviewed by him in the lUustreret Nyhedsblad for
that year, Nos. 51 and 52. Professor Johan Storm of Chris-
tiania, to whose kindness I owe these particulars, adds that " it
is rather a fine play and created a certain sensation in its time;
but Munch is forgotten."

P. 326. A gray old stager, Ibsen's friend P. Botten-Hansen,
author of the play Hyldrebryllupet.

P. 367. A Svanhild, like the old. In the tale of theVdlsungs
Svanhild was the daughter of Sigurd and Gudrun, — the Siegfried
and Kriemhild of the Nibelungenlied, The fierce king Jor-
munrek, hearing of her matchless beauty, sends his son Randwer
to woo her in his name. Randwer is, however, induced to woo
her in his own, and the girl approves. Jormunrek thereupon
causes Randwer to be arrested and hanged, and meeting with
Svanhild, as he and his men ride home from the hunt, tramples
her to death under their horses' hoofs. Gudrun incites her sons
Sorli and Hamdir to avenge their sister; they boldly enter
Jormunrek's hall, and succeed in cutting off his hands and feet,
but are themselves slain by his men. This last dramatic episode
is told in the Eddie Hamthismol,

P. 405. In the remotest east there grows a plant. The germ of
the famous tea-simile is due to Fru CoUett's romance. The
OfficiaVs Daiighters. But she exploits the idea only under a
single and obvious aspect, viz., the comparison of ihe tender
bloom of love with the precious firstling blade which brews the
quintessential tea for the Chinese emperor's table; what the
world calls love being, like what it calls tea, a coarse and
flavourless aftercrop. Ibsen has, it will be seen, given a
number of ingenious developments to the analogy. I know

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Fni G>llett'8 work only through the acooiints of it giTen fa^
Brandes and Jaeger.

P. 448. Afwther Bums. In the original: Ddlen (The Dale*-
man), that is A. O. Vinje, Ibsen's friend and literaiy commde,
editor of the journal so-called and dence known familiarij bj
its name. See the Introduction.

P. 474. Like Old MarUanue. The hero of Holberg's comedj
Erasmus Mountanus^ who returns from foreign travel to his native
parish with the discovery that the world is not flat. Public
indignation is aroused, and Montanus finds it expedient to
announce that his ejea had deceived him» that "the worid is flat,
gentlemen."



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