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by Henrik Ibsen
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For my part, may Ingrid of Hegstad go marry whoever she pleases. It's all one to me. [Looks down at his clothes.] My breeches are torn. am ragged and grim.-If only I had something new to put on now.
Text: English, Norwegian (translation)
(En li med løvtrær nær Åses gård. En elv fosser nedover. Et gammelt kvernhus på den andre side. Het sommerdag. Peer Gynt, en stærkbygget tyveårs gutt, kommer nedover gangstien. Åse, moren, liten og fin, følger etter. Hun er sint og kjefter.) ÅSE Peer du lyver PEER GYNT Nei, jeg gjør ei! ÅSE Nå, så bann på, det er sant! PEER GYNT Hvorfor banne? ÅSE Tvi; du tør ei! Alt ihop er tøv og tant! PEER GYNT Det er sant - hvert evige ord! ÅSE (foran ham) Og du skjemmes ei for din mor? Først så renner du til fjells månedsvis i travle onnen, for at vejde ren på fonnen, kommer hjem med reven pels, uten børse, uten villt; - og til slutt med åpne øyne mener du at få meg bildt' inn de værste skryteløgne! - Nå, hvor traff de så den bukken?
The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature
Five-act verse play by Henrik Ibsen, published in Norwegian in 1867 and produced in 1876. The title character, based on a legendary Norwegian folk hero, is a rogue who is saved by the love of a woman. Peer Gynt is a charming but arrogant peasant youth who leaves his widowed mother in order to seek his fortune. Confident of success, he has one disastrous adventure after another. In one, he attends the wedding of the wealthy young woman he himself might have married. There he meets Solveig, who falls in love with him. He impulsively abducts the bride from her wedding celebration and subsequently abandons her. Peer Gynt embarks on a series of fantastic voyages around the world, finding wealth and fame but never happiness. Finally, as an old, disillusioned man, he returns to Norway, where Solveig, ever faithful, welcomes him lovingly, and he is redeemed.
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