The Theatre: Two Heddas

Henrik Ibsen's .Hedda Gabler is, as her many admirers know, "about twenty-nine . . . a woman of breeding and distinction. Her complexion is pale and opaque-her eyes, steel gray, express a cold unruffled repose. Her hair is an agreeable medium brown, not particularly abundant. She is dressed tastefully in a somewhat loose-fitting morning gown."

This Ibsen girl, as the glum apothecary of Grimstad made her, is a relentless person, chilled of blood, chiseled of expression. She marries George Tesman because, as she reluctantly admits, her day is done. Tesman, an ultimate...

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