HEDDA. [Goes up...
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Hedda has dismissed on an errand so that she can talk to Mrs. Elvsted on her own.
HEDDA. [Goes up to MRS. ELVSTED, smiles, and says in a low voice.] There! We have killed two birds with one stone.
MRS. ELVSTED. What do you mean?
HEDDA. Could you not see that I wanted him to go?
MRS. ELVSTED. Yes, to write the letter—
HEDDA. And that I might speak to you alone.
MRS. ELVSTED. [Confused.] About the same thing?
MRS. ELVSTED. [Apprehensively.] But there is nothing more, Mrs. Tesman! Absolutely nothing!
HEDDA. Oh yes, but there is. There is a great deal more—I can see that. Sit here—and we'll have a cosy, confidential chat. [She forces MRS. ELVSTED to sit in the easy-chair beside the stove, and seats herself on one of the footstools.
MRS. ELVSTED. [Anxiously, looking at her watch.] But, my dear Mrs. Tesman—I was really on the point of
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