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* DelusionsOfGrandeur: Stensgaard come the third act. Not quite on AGodAmI level, but ''definitely'' chewing off more than he can handle.


** Both Fjeldbo and Bratsberg has the ball for a short time. Fjeldbo when he erroneously informs Bratsberg of Stensgaard´s intentions, and Bratsberg when he naively invites Stensgaard to dinner moments after.



* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The false banknote could have been used as a political instrument in the hands of Stensgaard, but being the NaiveNewcomer he actually is, he presents it to the elder gentlemen, who tells him it has no value after all. At the end, Stensgaard gives it back to the Chamberlain, and looses the gambit.

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* NeverMyFault: Fjeldbo is oblivious on his own mistakes, when he claims victory over Stensgaard at the end of the play. He innocently led the man on, after all, and even misinformed Bratsberg.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The false banknote could have been used as a political instrument in the hands of Stensgaard, but being the NaiveNewcomer he actually is, he presents it to the elder gentlemen, who tells him it has no value after all. At the end, Stensgaard gives it back to the Chamberlain, and looses loses the gambit.gambit.
** Fjeldbo in the first act, when Bratsberg is in the dark on the actual target of Stensgaarsd´s rhetorical attacks (himself, as it is). To calm him Down, and to humor Thora, Fjeldbo whispers "Monsen" in his ear - which sets up a number of misunderstandings in the second act. Fjeldbo is thus responsible for Stensgaard´s hapless apology to Bratsberg, and even for the fact that Stensgaard makes the moves on Thora - which Fjeldbo himself is engaged to. For a short time, Fjeldbo holds the IdiotBall himself.

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* DecoyProtagonist: Played with. If you look through the character list at the beginning of the play, Stensgaard is listed pretty far down, ranked below both Bratsberg and Monsen. In that respect, the actual main character is - Bratsberg. Granted, Stensgaard is given a fair amount of stage time (even more than Bratsberg and Monsen).


* TheThingThatWouldntLeave: Steensgaard, rambling on after being shown the door a number of times.

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* TheThingThatWouldntLeave: TheThingThatWouldNotLeave: Steensgaard, rambling on after being shown the door a number of times.


* DelusionsOfGrandeur: Stensgaard come the third act. Not quite on AGodAmI level, but ''definitely'' chewing off more than he can handle.



* PeriodPiece: Oh, so much. The year of the play is 1869, and Lundestad clearly states that he has been in parliament since 1839. Bratsberg also comments on his father, who was gaining his wealth during the time of the UsefulNotes/NorwegianConstituentAssembly.

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* PeriodPiece: Oh, so much. The year of the play is 1869, 1867, and Lundestad clearly states that he has been in parliament since 1839. Bratsberg also comments on his father, who was gaining his wealth during the time of the UsefulNotes/NorwegianConstituentAssembly.


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* TheThingThatWouldntLeave: Steensgaard, rambling on after being shown the door a number of times.


* ForTheEvulz: Heire, acting on "new information", which he willingly exploits. He is the only one to actually enjoy the situation after Stensgaard´s blemish.


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* ItAmusedMe: Heire, acting on "new information", which he willingly exploits. He is the only one to actually enjoy the situation after Stensgaard´s blemish.


* ForThevulz: Heire, acting on "new information", which he willingly exploits. He is the only one to actually enjoy the situation after Stensgaard´s blemish.

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* ForThevulz: ForTheEvulz: Heire, acting on "new information", which he willingly exploits. He is the only one to actually enjoy the situation after Stensgaard´s blemish.


* DramaticallyMissingThePoint: Bratsberg, misinterpreting the RousingSpeech of Stensgaard. He actually thought Stensgaard meant Monsen, and promptly invited his "attacker" to a dinner party.



* ForThevulz: Heire, acting on "new information", which he willingly exploits. He is the only one to actually enjoy the situation after Stensgaard´s blemish.



* OpenMouthInsertFoot: Stensgaard. In the second act, he apologizes to an unwitting Bratsberg, and thus he reveals himself as the one to have insulted him. Both Fjeldbo and Lundestad begs him to stop before he says too much.



* YouthIsWastedOnTheDumb: Invoked most prominently by old Lundestad.

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* YouthIsWastedOnTheDumb: Invoked most prominently by old Lundestad.

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* FollowTheLeader: Ibsen was more than usually inspired by Creator/LudvigHolberg in this play. The ridiculing of a flawed main character (Stensgaard) is clearly one of Holberg´s most prominent shticks.

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* SpannerInTheWorks: Aslaksen. Being drunk, he mixes up letters from Stensgaard and Bastian Monsen, resulting in the sudden marriage between Madam Rundholmen and Bastian, and ruining every attempt from Stensgaard to marry for property.

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** In 1869, fellow poet Bjørnson campaigned all over Norway on behalf of the leftists (although he himself was unable to cast any votes), to secure a majority for them in parliament. Thus, it is no wonder that the more sarcastic Ibsen couldn`t resist the urge to make fun of Bjørnson`s cause - while he actually supported it. The "League of youth" has a real equivalent in the "reform movement" that would become the core of the Norwegian Leftist party over time.


* TakeThat: In this play, Ibsen gives a satirical take on the fact that the Norwegian political system was growing stale, and slowly going into a gerontocratic rule, where a small elite of landowners had all the political power. That system gradually stiffened, until parliamentarism was established 15 years later, in 1884. The young and idealistic Stensgaard is routed by the older men, and they shrewdly state that he ''will'' get into parliament in due time, and when that happens, he will be just as cynical as the rest of them.

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* TakeThat: In this play, Ibsen gives a satirical take on the fact that the Norwegian political system was growing stale, and slowly going into a gerontocratic rule, where a small elite of landowners had all the political power. That system gradually stiffened, until parliamentarism was established 15 years later, in 1884. The young and idealistic Stensgaard is routed by the older men, and they shrewdly state that he ''will'' get into parliament in due time, and when that happens, he will be just as cynical as the rest of them. The year 1869 was the starting point for the political struggle that eventuyally led to the breakthrough for parliamentarism in Norwegian politics.


* FromRagsToRiches: Selma Bratsberg, the daughter-in-law of the Chamberlain. She grew up in poverty, was groomed by Daniel Heire and eventually got married to Erik Bratsberg. Because of the false banknote, she threatens to break marriage and go back to the streets, performing vaudevilles.


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* RagsToRiches: Selma Bratsberg, the daughter-in-law of the Chamberlain. She grew up in poverty, was groomed by Daniel Heire and eventually got married to Erik Bratsberg. Because of the false banknote, she threatens to break marriage and go back to the streets, performing vaudevilles.

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* FromRagsToRiches: Selma Bratsberg, the daughter-in-law of the Chamberlain. She grew up in poverty, was groomed by Daniel Heire and eventually got married to Erik Bratsberg. Because of the false banknote, she threatens to break marriage and go back to the streets, performing vaudevilles.


* IntrepidReporter: Aslaksen, the newspaper man. He is known for making up stories and scandals when the paper sells badly.

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* IntrepidReporter: Aslaksen, the newspaper man. He is known for making up stories and scandals when the paper sells badly.badly.
* JumpedAtTheCall: Stensgaard is called into action by Monsen, Aslaksen and Heire, and starts off his political career with a RousingSpeech, before creating a new party.

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