Describe in your own words the incident when Hovstad's real intention to help Dr. Stockmann is exposed.
Petra enters the office of the "People‘s Messenger" to return the English book that contained the story she had promised to translate for publishing in the paper. She states that the story contradicts Hovstad‘s opinions and hence cannot be printed. However, Hovstad says that the book is exactly what the readers want to read and that he is willing to compromise his beliefs in order to sell more papers. Disappointed at his hypocrisy, Petra notes that since Hovstad had decided to publish her father‘s report, which deals with the social evils of society, she assumed he would be more willing to protect his moral beliefs. In response, Hovstad unintentionally reveals that his support for her father is due to his attraction towards her. Disgusted at the revelation, Petra criticizes him. When Hovstad threatens to withdraw his support if Petra continues to be bitter towards him, Petra leaves in anger.