Hedda and her new husband, Tesman, return from their honeymood to find that the position at the university he had hoped for will probably be contested by an old acquaintance, Eilert Lovberg. Lovberg was one of Hedda's old flames, but she had rejected him because she thought he lacked prospects. Now she finds he has reformed and has done some very serious writing, much more important work than that of her husband. Lovberg, an alcoholic, gets drunk, and loses the manuscript of his newest book. It comes into Hedda's hands and she does not tell him. She tries to persuade him to kill himself, but to do it beautifully. Judge Brack, seemingly a friend of the family, tries to blackmail Hedda into having an affair with him. Hedda finds herself married to a man she really doesn't love, threatened by a second man she detests, and the betrayer of the only man she might have loved. Is there a solution for her?
This report prepared by Jack Goodstein