Ghosts

William MacGregor Paxton, The Breakfast (1911)

MANDERS: It almost makes me dizzy. Your whole married life, the seeming union of all these years, was nothing more than a hidden abyss!…

MRS. ALVING: I had gone on bearing with him, although I knew very well the secrets of his life out of doors. But when he brought the scandal within our own walls—

MANDERS: Impossible! Here!

MRS. ALVING: Yes; here in our own home…

MANDERS: [Moved.] And you were able to bear all this!

MRS. ALVING: I had to bear it for my little boy’s sake. But when the last insult was added; when my own servant-maid—…

–Henrik Ibsen, Ghosts

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