Four Major Plays - Ghosts, Act 2 Summary & Analysis

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Ghosts, Act 2 Summary

After dinner, Mrs. Alving reveals to Manders that Regine was the "consequence" of Alving's affair with the maid - that Engstrand was paid to marry her mother and claim the child as his own. Mrs. Alving says again that she's haunted by ghosts, adding that she's not just referring to the ghosts of people and of actions, but of old ideas (specifically, the idea that a wife should honor her husband no matter what). Manaders returns the conversation to the subject of Regine and Oswald, and he and Mrs. Alving agree that the best thing would be to get Regine married off as quickly and as respectably as possible.

Engstrand comes in, asking whether Manders would be willing to lead a service of thanksgiving for the completion of the orphanage. Manders demands to know the truth of Engstrand's relationship with Regine...

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