Hedda Gabler

Miss Juliane Tesman (Aunt Julle) Character Analysis

Jörgen Tesman’s paternal aunt, Juliane Tesman is a good-looking, conventional, chatty woman who cared for her nephew after his parents’ deaths. Though Jörgen is an adult when the play begins, his Aunt Julle, some 65 years old, still dotes on him, lending him money, bringing him sentimental gifts, and showering him with praise and encouragement. She looks forward to the day when he and his wife Hedda will bring a child into the world. Though Hedda can be cruel to Miss Tesman, Aunt Julle withstands her with a pinched dignity. Miss Tesman lives with another of Jörgen’s aunts, Aunt Rina, who is an invalid. Aunt Julle would be just as bored as Hedda, the play implies, if she didn’t have someone like Aunt Rina to constantly care for and tend to.

Miss Juliane Tesman (Aunt Julle) Quotes in Hedda Gabler

The Hedda Gabler quotes below are all either spoken by Miss Juliane Tesman (Aunt Julle) or refer to Miss Juliane Tesman (Aunt Julle). For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Oxford University Press edition of Hedda Gabler published in 2008.
Act 1 Quotes

Berte: I’m really so scared I’ll never give satisfaction to the young mistress.

Miss Tesman: Oh, Heavens…just to begin with of course there might be this and that…

Berte: Because she’s ever so particular.

Related Characters: Miss Juliane Tesman (Aunt Julle) (speaker), Berte (speaker), Hedda Gabler
Page Number: 168
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Tesman: Oh, Auntie…you’ll never stop sacrificing yourself for me!

Miss Tesman: Isn’t it the only joy I have in the world, to help you along your road, my darling boy?

Related Characters: Jörgen Tesman (speaker), Miss Juliane Tesman (Aunt Julle) (speaker)
Page Number: 174
Explanation and Analysis:

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Miss Juliane Tesman (Aunt Julle) Character Timeline in Hedda Gabler

The timeline below shows where the character Miss Juliane Tesman (Aunt Julle) appears in Hedda Gabler. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1
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...Tesmans’ villa. A portrait of General Gabler, a prominent military figure, hangs over a sofa. Miss Julianne Tesman , the old, benevolent aunt of the master of the house, enters, followed by Berte,... (full context)
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Miss Tesman observes in a quiet voice that her nephew Jörgen Tesman and his wife Hedda don’t... (full context)
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...hardly room for them. She at last places them on the front of the piano. Miss Tesman , in whose household Berte served formerly, turns to the subject of Berte’s new mistress,... (full context)
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Miss Tesman says that it is a matter of course that Hedda should be so particular: she... (full context)
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Miss Tesman wishes that her brother could look up from the grave and see what’s become of... (full context)
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...suitcase and humming a tune, a cheerful expression on his face. He warmly greets his Aunt Julle (Miss Tesman) , saying he hopes she got enough sleep the night before—she had greeted him and... (full context)
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Tesman begins to tell Aunt Julle all about his and Hedda’s honeymoon. He took enough research notes to fill a whole... (full context)
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Tesman and Aunt Julle sit, Aunt Julle puts her parasol in a corner by the sofa, and the two... (full context)
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Aunt Julle suddenly switches to another, more cheerful tone. Tesman is a married man now, and he... (full context)
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Aunt Julle suppresses a smile and changes the subject: the trip must have been expensive, surely. Tesman... (full context)
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...villa—so it was lucky it came up for sale. But it must be terribly expensive, Aunt Julle suggests. Tesman admits that it is expensive, despite the fact that Judge Brack got very... (full context)
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Aunt Julle tells her nephew not to worry: with Judge Brack’s help, she has taken out a... (full context)
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Moreover, says Aunt Julle , Tesman has proven himself worthy by overcoming all the people who stood in his... (full context)
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Just then, Hedda enters, dressed in a tasteful morning gown. After greeting Miss Tesman somewhat tartly, she complains that the maid has opened the verandah door, flooding the place... (full context)
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Before she goes, Miss Tesman extracts from her skirt pocket a flat object wrapped in newspaper, a gift for Tesman.... (full context)
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...Tesman is appalled and drops his slippers to the floor: Hedda is pointing to his Aunt Julle ’s new hat. Tesman manages to say as much, and Aunt Julle, wounded, explains that... (full context)
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Miss Tesman collects her parasol. In an attempt to smooth things over, Tesman asks his aunt to... (full context)
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Tesman remarks that his Aunt Julle was behaving rather affectedly, but Hedda says she wouldn’t know. She insists that it was... (full context)
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...Tesman excuses himself to change out of his sweaty clothes—but not before informing Hedda that Aunt Julle won’t be stopping by later. Hedda assumes this is because of the hat incident from... (full context)
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...asks Hedda about the hat incident, and Hedda reveals that she only pretended to think Aunt Julle ’s hat was the maid’s. These things just suddenly come over me, Hedda explains, and... (full context)
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Hedda complains of the smell of lavender and potpourri in her house, which she suspects Aunt Julle of having wafted in. Judge Brack thinks the smell is a relic of Lady Falk.... (full context)
Act 3
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...enters with a letter, which Thea thinks concerns Lövborg—but it does not. It is from Aunt Julle and is addressed to Dr. Tesman. Berte suggests that she knew Lövborg would get drunk... (full context)
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...Tesman nor Lövborg has returned. Hedda suggests that, after getting drunk, Tesman went over to Aunt Julle ’s to sleep it off—but the letter Berte brought in suggests otherwise. Well, says Hedda,... (full context)
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Casually, Hedda tells Tesman that there’s a letter for him from Aunt Julle . Tesman reads it: Aunt Rina, it says, is on the point of death. Tesman... (full context)
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...Berte quickly enters and exits, and her eyes show signs of weeping. After a while Aunt Julle enters also, dressed in mourning. Hedda goes out to meet her. (full context)
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Aunt Julle announces that her sister Rina has at last passed away. Hedda already knows this, as... (full context)
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...how else to take such a loss. Be glad of what has come to pass, Aunt Julle advises him. Hedda supposes that Aunt Julle will be lonely now that her sister has... (full context)
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...Lövborg’s deaths. Hedda puts her head out between the curtains, says she is thinking of Aunt Julle and the rest of them too, and promises to be silent in the future. She... (full context)
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...the two of them working together. He says that Thea will have to move into Aunt Julle ’s lodgings, where he can come up in the evenings to work instead. Form the... (full context)