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."
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