Sunday, June 30, 2013

175 Quiz Answer


Here’s this week’s quiz answer.
“A Doll’s House” is a play by Henrik Ibsen, the major 19th-century Norwegian playwright who is often referred to as "the father of realism" and who is one of the founders of modernism in the theatre.
(Also for Three Word Wednesday and ABC Wednesday: "Y" is for "Yvonne.")

Here's this week's Berownial quiz.
I wrote the following scenelet, which I hope will remind you of a world-famous play.  Though originally written in Norwegian, it has held the distinction of being the world's most-performed play.  Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is: give us its name - in English.

"My last trip over that way I dropped in on Yvonne.  Hadn't seen her for a year or so."
"She seemed happy?"
"Oh yes, very happy.  She and Vernon have what looks like an ideal marriage."
"I got that same impression.  'Ideal' is the word.  Not many married couples are as contented as they are."
"It's almost funny, the way they carry on - like they just got hitched, instead of being married for years.  Vernon goes out of his way to be thoughtful and romantic.  Brings her little gifts and such.  And I thought it was a bit much, the way he calls his wife 'sweetcakes' and 'baby doll.'"
"Does she get indignant at such talk?"
"Oh no, she loves it.  When he was home, she couldn't stop singing and giggling at his jokes and so on.  It was actually a bit strange.  It seemed such a flabby existence and you know that Yvonne, back in school, was always an intelligent, serious type."
"Well, marriage changes people."
"As a result of my visit, I came away kinda worried.  I felt that somehow there was a smell - you could almost have called it a stench - of unreality about their situation.  Then, sure enough, she told me something in private, making me promise never to let her husband know."
"That sounds pretty melodramatic."
"She has money problems.  She had taken out a loan, a rather large one, not telling Vernon, and now she can't pay it off.  It seems that, for him, the very idea that she might do such a thing without consulting him would be unacceptable.  He knows how a wife should act and that wouldn't be it."
"You don't think that all her singing and giggling is just play-acting and that she's trying to avoid a domestic squabble?"
"Well, that shows insight but from what I know of Vernon - he's old school, he has to be the boss and so on - my guess is that it would probably be much more than a squabble."

(Also submitted to Sunday Scribblings)

34 comments:

Little Nell said...

It sounds like 'A Doll's House' by Ibsen. I saw this at Salisbury Playhouse UK, about twenty years ago, in the Salberg, a tiny intimate studio type theatre, where the audience almost were part of the scene. A bit too close for comfort in some ways, especially with this particuar play. One of my pupils was playing Nora's daughter.

Kutamun said...

Is it " madame gundarsson" , by Lars Skaarsbert?

Altonian said...

'Et dukkehjem' by Henrik Ibsen
or
'A Doll's House' by the same bloke.

Berowne said...

Altonian and Little Nell have started things off with the correct answer.

Kathe W. said...

A Doll's House by Ibsen?
Have a great week !!!

Helen said...

Ibsen's 'A Doll's House'

Berowne said...

Helen has just joined our happy band with the correct answer.

Berowne said...

Last week Kathe W said she was "ready for the next one!" She was indeed. She has also given us the right answer.

Lyn said...

I believe this is A Doll's House..Hope so, Mr. Ibsen!

Berowne said...

Another with the correct answer: Lyn. Who's next?

Roger Owen Green said...

OK, I'm going to run out of luck one of these days, because I don't recognize the narrative. The only Norwegian playwright I can name is Ibsen, and the only one of his plays I can recall is A Doll's House.

Bee's Blog said...

A Doll's House

Berowne said...

A few more "winners." Bee's Blog and Roger Owen Green have both provided us with the right answer.

Heidi said...

A Doll's House by Ibsen! I have a soft spot for all Helmers.

izzy said...

Definitely trying to avoid a domestic squabble!! -don't we all vigorously
do that ? :)

Frankie Jay said...

I guess Henrik Ibsen -a doll's house?

rallentanda said...

Hedda Gabler?

oldegg said...

This surely must be "A Doll's House" by Henryk Ibsen.

Berowne said...

Folks keep coming up with the correct answer, I'm happy to say. The latest: Heidi, Frankie Jay and oldegg.

Susan Lindquist said...

I remember reading 'A Doll's House' in high school ... that Nora.

Leslie: said...

I believe it's "A Doll's House" by Ibsen...

Hildred said...

A Doll's House????

Kate said...

Ibsen is one of my least favorite Norweigan playwrights; his plays are always so gloomy. Could it possibly be Peer Gynt since I believe that is probably his most popular play

Kate said...

Another stab at it...A Doll's House??

Berowne said...

Four more to add to our impressive list of those who've provided us with the right answer: Susan Lindquist, Leslie, Hildred and Kate. (Kate changed her mind.)

uberrhund said...

Is it A Dolls House by H. Ibsen ?

Berowne said...

We may now list uberrhund as another who has the right answer.

kaykuala said...

A Doll's House if you may, Berowne!

Hank

Sheilagh Lee said...

no idea

Berowne said...

Another "winner"! Kaykuala has the right answer.

Sharp Little Pencil said...

I'm thinking Ibsen. I'm thinking "A Doll's House." Also, FYI, my principle memories of my eldest sister were slamming doors! Used to refer to her as "Nora."

Hated Jane Fonda in the role, but man, I would give anything to have seen Janet McTeer (nominated last year for an Oscar in "Albert Nobbs")!! Thanks, Berowne, Amy

Bee's Blog said...

I'm not that keen on Ibsen either and I have seen a dismal portrayal or two of Hedda

Berowne said...

Amy and her Sharp Little Pencil have also given us the correct answer.

Spectra Ghostseeker said...

That last paragraph is quite ominous!
I'll have to re-read "A Doll's House." I quite honestly don't remember it very well.

 
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