In "Hedda Gabler", what is the effect of Brack's final line, "People don't do such things"?

In "Hedda Gabler", what is the effect of Brack's final line, "People don't do such things"?

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Judge Brack's last line (actually the last line of the whole play) aren't actually directed to Hedda, but to Tesman who has just shouted out that Hedda has shot herself. His remark, "Good God - people don't do such things", is almost a comic line, because people...

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Hedda Gabler's biggest fear is people perceiving her as doing "worldy" things. Her wants and desires live only through listening to other people's drama and through hurting people emotionally in ways that cannot be traced or labelled as "evil". (The "hat" incident with her step-aunt.)

Ironic that Brack would say in the last line "People don't do such things." As far as she was concerned, at least she is not alive to see the ruin "killing herself" will cause to her reputation. Absurd to the audience that she would see this as her only option.

This combined with robertwilliams answer pretty much covers it

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