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Hedda Gabler, the degenerate daughter of a drunken, dueling father, has just returned with her husband, George Tesman, from their honeymoon. Hedda, who possesses an uncanny affection for her father's pistols, lives in jealous watchfulness over Ejlert Lovberg, a former lover who, in her imagination, she often pictures in Tesman's place. Lovberg, while under the positive influence of Thea Elvsted, has written an important book, and Hedda, learning this, sets out to recapture Lovberg's affection, whereupon he takes to drinking, loses the manuscript and is cast into despair. Tesman finds the manuscript, which Hedda then obtains from him. Lovberg then breaks with Thea and goes to Hedda. She shows him her pistols, he takes one and goes to Thea's home where, in her arms, he shoots himself. Hedda, after burning the manuscript that she regards as the child of Lovberg and Thea, shoots herself as well.
Edith Campbell Walker
The play was written and published in 1890. Nance O'Neil earlier portrayed Hedda Gabler on stage. Among the other film adaptations of Ibsen's play are the 1924 German production, starring Asta Nielsen and directed by Franz Eckstein, and the 1975 British production, starring Glenda Jackson and directed by Trevor Nunn.