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Henrik Ibsen

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Ghosts | Act Summaries

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Act Summary
Act 1 (Regina and Engstrand) Mrs. Helene Alving's household is getting ready for the opening of the orphanage. Regina Engstrand has an unwelcome talk... Read More
Act 1 (Pastor Manders and Mrs. Alving) Pastor Manders comes to see Mrs. Helene Alving about business concerning the orphanage, but first he comments on the boo... Read More
Act 1 (Osvald Arrives) Osvald Alving finally appears, and Mrs. Helene Alving beams as Pastor Manders welcomes him home. They share memories of ... Read More
Act 1 (Mrs. Alving's Secrets) Osvald Alving leaves to take a walk, and Pastor Manders launches another round of criticism at Mrs. Helene Alving, conde... Read More
Act 2 (After Dinner) Now that dinner is over, Pastor Manders and Mrs. Helene Alving return to their conversation about Regina Engstrand. Mrs.... Read More
Act 2 (Engstrand Tells All) Engstrand comes to tell Mrs. Helene Alving that he has finished work on the orphanage. While he is there, Pastor Manders... Read More
Act 2 (Osvald, Regina, and the Fire) In this section Osvald Alving begins to explain his illness to his mother. He says that he has headaches and fatigue bec... Read More
Act 3 (Engstrand Takes the Blame) The act opens with Mrs. Helene Alving, Regina Engstrand, Pastor Manders, and Engstrand trying to deal with the reality t... Read More
Act 3 (Osvald and Regina) Osvald Alving attempts to discuss his future with Regina Engstrand, but Mrs. Helene Alving intervenes. She explains that... Read More
Act 3 (Osvald and Mrs. Alving Alone) All the other characters have gone, leaving Mrs. Helene Alving and Osvald Alving alone. Osvald says he has no feelings f... Read More
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