This is one of Bjørnson’s urban social dramas, focusing on issues of truth and fidelity in human relationships.
The play is set in a first-class German hotel. The wealthy Mr Wisby is waiting for his wife on the morning after their wedding. Lydia, a beautiful and talented pianist, enters, and tenderly they discuss the spontaneity of their decision to marry. Lydia observes: “You, dearest, didn’t go around asking other people about me. You came straight from your big place to ask me: ‘Will you be my wife?’ That’s the way it should be” (230). They resolve to “let nothing old ever come between [them]” (231) and to “keep all outsiders at a distance&…
Rees, Kathryn Jane. "Laboremus". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 June 2017
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