Lady Anna. This excessive love ... it is worrying me. Maybe it was mostly on that account that I delayed agreeing to her departure.
The judge. There are so many things that worry you. Why doesn’t Ingolf come back? [Kisses her on the cheek.] I will talk to him about it. [Goes out.]
Rannveig [enters]. The servants want to know how many places to lay for dinner.
Lady Anna [putting aside her needlework]. Well, I’m coming—[Goes out.]
Rannveig [walks slowly to the centre of the room, stands looking at the terra cotta statue]. When you dream something, you don’t want to come true, you ought to tell it to some one—better to a stone than to no one. [Hands folded, she walks slowly up to the statue, whispering in its ear,] I dreamed of a beautiful and marvellous diamond palace. I walked around it, but it had no doors. No one could get in. If any one were inside, he could not get out. I heard weeping inside the palace. It seemed to tear my heart. I recognised the weeping?—[She passes her hand over her eyes, looks at the statue a long time, walks away from it, looks back at it once more, and goes out. In the doorway she encounters Hadda, looks at her, pats her cheek, and disappears.]
Hadda Padda [enters with a water jug in her hand, walks up to a flower in the window].
Ingolf [enters and steals up to her].
Ingolf. Now I know the secret. You are going with me to Copenhagen. Hadda Padda, Hadda Padda, I love you! Let me sing to you. [He takes both her hands and while he sings, wild with joy, she hums the tune.]
You shall stand upon
In a mad precipitation
We, together, cleave the breeze:
To the place where we’ll
On my white horse you’ll be riding:
Clouds of dust the moon will hide—
[He lifts her in his arms. The sun is shining through the window and lights up the room.]
Hadda Padda [stretches her arms toward the light]. It is as though I had wings. [Turns round in his arms, and folds him in her embrace.] I will fly to my happiness.
(The following summer. A drawing-room in the Sheriff’s house. The furniture old-fashioned and elaborate. On the left, a door leading to the dining-room. Against the wall, in front, a piano. On the right, under a window, a chaise-longue. In the back, an open window, through which can be seen green meadows, rising to a plateau, over the edge of which roars a water-fall. At the horizon, deep blue mountains. Bright sunshine, a hot summer’s day.)
(In the middle of the room, around a table, set for coffee, the Sheriff and Lady Margaret, Olof and Steindor, Ingolf, Hrafnhild and Kristrun are sitting. The children, Little Skuli, Sigga, Doddi and Magga are seated at a small table near the window.)