Judge Brack is, at this point, both saving and threatening Hedda
Yes, a scandal. The thing you’re so frightened of. You’ll have to appear in court together with Mademoiselle Danielle. She’ll have to explain how it all happened. Was it an accident, or was it – homicide? Was he about to take the pistol from his pocket to threaten her? And did it go off? Or did she snatch the pistol from his hand, shoot him and then put it back in his pocket? She might easily have done it. She’s a resourceful lady, is Mademoiselle Danielle.
Ibsen, Henrik, trans. Michael Meyer. Hedda Gabler. Methuen Student Edition, 2002, p.102
More about this monologue