Hedda does not deserve sympathy for her behavior.
Hedda shows herself to be a conniving and cunning woman. She fakes a false close friendship with Mrs. Thea Elvsted because she wants to extract information about her former beau, Eilert Lovborg. (Ibsen 46). Hedda proves herself to be an intelligent interrogator when Mrs. Elvsted professes this;
literally spills the beans about her infatuation with Lovborg. Hedda has shown how unfaithful and disloyal she is towards George. They are newly weds but she is tired of him and expressed hidden interest in her old flame, Lovborg. Hedda is afraid that she cannot hide her ineterest in Lovborg from George so she reminds Thea to keep the conversation about Lovborg a secret. (Ibsen 55).
Hedda and Lovborg share a heart to heart talk. Hedda confesses she is a coward. By saying this, she deliberately disarms Lovborg against herself to set her trap to embarrass Mrs. Elvsted and Lovborg. Hedda is a villain by betraying Mrs. Elvsted's confidence and wounding Lovborg's pride and ego. Hedda uses her cunning to deceive Lovborg and frustrate Mrs. Elvsted. She breaks up their bond of a working relationship. Then Hedda coldly gives Lovborg her pistol with the instructions to use it.