I'm fairly certain that shooting at someone is not a socially acceptable method of greeting people. In fact, I think that's attempted murder.
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In my journal today I anwered a question along the lines of "Is Hedda bipolar or just a mean person?" Admittedly I hadn't read Act II at that point, and therefore my answer has somewhat changed since then. Not entirely, but somewhat. Do I think that she's bipolar? Not in the least. She is however becoming a much meaner person than she was in Act I. At the end of Act II Hedda intentionally brings up the fact that Thea came to her and Tesman worried about Lovborg, for no other reason but to "have power over a human being" (272). Perhaps maybe this is just the manifestation of a mean person who is admittedly extremely bored.
I suppose I should post something that is actually related to Hedda Gabler, or even vaguely related to English in some capacity. Therefore prepare yo' selves fools. Act 1 started off slow, but I geuss the whole play can't be car chases and explosions. Admittedly I haven't read the whole play, or even half the play, yet, but I think it's safe to say that the funniest part has already occured. Certainly top 5. What part is it? I'll tell you. When Hedda is talking to Thea, and Hedda is all like "We were such good friends in school!" and Thea is all like "Umm, not really..." and then Hedda is all like "oh nonsense, of course we were" and then Thea is all like "You used to threaten to light my hair on fire" and then Hedda is all like "I was just joshin' you silly goose."
Of course as you know this was all just to get some grade A gossip out of Thea. I have no idea how Thea could have possibly felt as though Hedda was being sincere. Either Hedda is extremely good at being manipulative, or Thea is extremely dim-witted.
Also, I really don't know what Hedda is going to do all day. Near as I can tell she just sits around waiting for people she doesn't really appear to like to come over and talk to. And on top of that she obviously has hardly any feeling for Tesman. Sounds like pretty much the most boring life ever.
I'm fairly certain that this is all Hedda does all day.