Tilbake

Peer Gynt

by Henrik Ibsen

Henrik Ibsen

ACT 2

SCENE EIGHTH

(Sunrise. The mountain-side in front of ASE's saeter. The door is shut; all is silent and deserted.)

(PEER GYNT is lying asleep by the wall of the saeter.)

PEER
(wakens, and looks about him with dull and heavy eyes. He spits).

What wouldn't I give for a pickled herring!

(Spits again, and at the same moment catches sight of HELGA, who appears carrying a basket of food.)

Ha, child, are you there? What is it you want?

HELGA

It is Solveig-

PEER

(jumping up).

Where is she?

HELGA

Behind the saeter.

SOLVEIG

(unseen).

If you come nearer, I'll run away!

PEER (stopping short).

Perhaps you're afraid I might take you in my arms?

SOLVEIG

For shame!

PEER

Do you know where I was last night?- Like a horse-fly the Dovre-King's daughter is after me.

SOLVEIG

Then it was well that the bells were set ringing.

PEER

Peer Gynt's not the lad they can lure astray.- What do you say?

HELGA

(crying).

Oh, she's running away! (Running after her.) Wait!

PEER

(catches her by the arm).

Look here, what I have in my pocket! A silver button, child! You shall have it,- only speak for me!

HELGA

Let me be; let me go!

PEER

There you have it.

HELGA

Let go; there's the basket of food.

PEER

God pity you if you don't-!

HELGA

Uf, how you scare me!

PEER

(gently; letting her go).

No, I only meant: beg her not to forget me!

(HELGA runs off.)


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