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Timeline of Events

  • Autumn, circa 1880

    George Tesman and Hedda Gabler return from their honeymoon.

    Act 1
  • The next morning

    Mrs. Elvsted visits, anxious over her affair with Eilert Lövborg.

    Act 1
  • Minutes later

    George Tesman learns he will be competing with Eilert Lövborg for a professorship.

    Act 1
  • Later the same day

    Judge Brack reminisces with Hedda Gabler about the old days.

    Act 2
  • That afternoon

    Eilert Lövborg arrives and announces his newly completed manuscript.

    Act 2
  • Soon afterward

    Hedda Gabler tempts Eilert Lövborg into a glass of punch, then another...and another.

    Act 2
  • As evening approaches

    Eilert Lövborg, George Tesman, and Judge Brack leave for their wild night out.

    Act 2
  • During the night

    Eilert Lövborg gets roaring drunk, misplaces his manuscript, and hits an officer.

    Act 3
  • Well after dawn

    George Tesman comes home with the lost manuscript.

    Act 3
  • Later that morning

    Eilert Lövborg arrives in a state of utter despair, having lost his book and his sobriety.

    Act 3
  • Soon thereafter

    Hedda Gabler offers Eilert Lövborg one of her pistols with which to end it all.

    Act 3
  • Moments later

    Once Eilert Lövborg departs, Hedda Gabler throws his manuscript into the fire.

    Act 3
  • That afternoon

    Eilert Lövborg is shot at Mademoiselle Diana's under suspicious circumstances.

    Act 4
  • That evening

    Judge Brack attempts to blackmail Hedda Gabler for her role in Eilert Lövborg's death.

    Act 4
  • Minutes later

    Unwilling to face scandal, Hedda Gabler takes her own life instead.

    Act 4

Act Summaries Chart

Act Summary
Act 1 The curtain rises on a nicely furnished villa in Christiania (present-day Oslo, Norway). Miss Juliana Tesman and the hou... Read More
Act 2 The curtain rises on the same suite of rooms as before, but it is now late afternoon. Offstage, Judge Brack makes his wa... Read More
Act 3 It is now past seven in the morning, and both the lamp and the stove are burning low. Hedda Gabler is asleep on the couc... Read More
Act 4 Evening has fallen at George Tesman and Hedda Gabler's villa. Miss Juliana Tesman arrives in mourning dress to announce ... Read More
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