The play addresses the question of the double standard of morality for men and women: Bjørnson asserts that men must be as chaste as women if marriage is to be truly fulfilling.
Svava Rus, an energetic young woman who devotes herself to kindergarten charity work, has just got engaged to Alf Christensen: although they have known each other since childhood, “with a certain given moment [Alf] became in my eyes quite a different man” (28). The Christensen family is furthermore “one of the richest families in the country, and also one of the most honourable” (47).
Alf expects Svava to be pure and unsullied: “. . . when I see you among others – when I …
Rees, Kathryn Jane. "En Hanske". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 May 2017
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