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MonkeyNotes-Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen
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Judge Brack enters the scene and gives Hedda the sordid details of Lövborg's excesses, saying that at present he was in the police station for assaulting an officer. After some time, Lövborg arrives at Hedda's house just as Thea is waking up. He tells her to go back to her husband because he is not going to write any more and that he has torn up the manuscript. Mrs. Elvsted accuses him of killing their 'child' and leaves. When left alone with Hedda, he confesses that he had lost the manuscript during the previous night's debauchery and feels absolutely awful about it. He confesses that he would like to die. Hedda gives him one of her pistols and tell him to "do it beautifully." When she is left alone she burns the manuscript and declares, "Now I am burning your child, then! Your child and Eilert Lövborg's."

When George Tesman recovers from the shock of Aunt Rina's death, he asks Hedda for the manuscript. When Hedda tells him that she has destroyed it because Lövborg was his rival, he is distraught yet also thrilled at her loyalty. She also confesses that she is pregnant and his joy knows no bounds. He agrees to keep silent about the manuscript.


Mrs. Elvsted returns to Hedda wanting confirmation of the rumors going around that Lövborg was shot and is dying in the hospital. Brack shows up and confirms what Elvested fears: Lövborg is dying from having shot himself in the chest. Hedda is thrilled that he has so courageously gone ahead and killed himself. Tesman regrets that fact that Lövborg died without bequeathing the world " the book that would have immortalized his name." Providentially, Mrs. Elvsted has the notes of the manuscript in her pocket and she sits down with Tesman to reconstruct his Lövborg's book. When Brack is left alone with Hedda, he tells her that Lövborg did not die voluntarily. Instead he was shot in the bowels, a humiliating and ignoble way to die, either accidentally or by a nightclub singer. The realization dawns on Hedda that everything she touches turns "ludicrous and mean." Moreover, the pistol can be traced to her if Brack were to identify the pistol. Finding that she is completely in Brack's power and fearing the inevitable scandal, she commits suicide by shooting herself in the temple.

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