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Quotation by Eleonora Duse
Ibsen is like this room where we are sitting, with all the tables and chairs. Do I care whether you have twenty or twenty-five links on your chain? Hedda Gabler, Nora and the rest: it is not that I want! I want Rome and the Coliseum, the Acropolis, Athens; I want beauty, and the flame of life.
Eleonora Duse (1859–1924), Italian actor. As quoted in Actors on Acting, rev. ed., part 11, by Toby Cole and Helen Krich (1970).
Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906) was a great—but, Duse believed, somewhat pedestrian— Norwegian dramatist; his plays included Hedda Gabler and A Doll's House, of which "Nora" was the protagonist.
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