A DOLL'S HOUSE

by Henrik Ibsen DRAMATIS PERSONAE
Torvald Helmer. Nora, is !i"e. Do#$or Rank. Mrs Linde. Nils %ro&s$ad. Helmer's $ ree yo'n& # ildren. Anne, $ eir n'rse. A Ho'semaid. A Por$er. [The action takes place in Helmer's house.]

A DOLL'S HOUSE
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[SCENE.--A room furnished comfortabl and tastefull ! but not e"tra#a$antl . At the back! a door to the ri$ht leads to the entrance-hall! another to the left leads to Helmer's stud . %et&een the doors stands a piano. 'n the middle of the left-hand &all is a door! and be ond it a &indo&. Near the &indo& are a round table! arm-chairs and a small sofa. 'n the ri$hthand &all! at the farther end! another door( and on the same side! nearer the footli$hts! a sto#e! t&o eas chairs and a rockin$-chair( bet&een the sto#e and the door! a small table. En$ra#in$s on the &alls( a cabinet &ith china and other small ob)ects( a small book-case &ith &ell-bound books. The floors are carpeted! and a fire burns in the sto#e. 't is &inter. A bell rin$s in the hall( shortl after&ards the door is heard to open. Enter N*+A! hummin$ a tune and in hi$h spirits. She is in outdoor dress and carries a number of parcels( these she la s on the table to the ri$ht. She lea#es the outer door open after her! and throu$h it is seen a ,*+TE+ &ho is carr in$ a Christmas Tree and a basket! &hich he $i#es to the -A'. &ho has opened the door.] Nora. Hide the Christmas Tree carefully, Helen. Be sure the children do not see it until this evening, when it is dressed. [To the ,*+TE+! takin$ out her purse.] How much? Por$er. Sixpence.

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Nora. There is a shilling. o, !eep the change. [The ,*+TE+ thanks her! and $oes out. N*+A shuts the door. She is lau$hin$ to herself! as she takes off her hat and coat. She takes a packet of macaroons from her pocket and eats one or t&o( then $oes cautiousl to her husband's door and listens.] "es, he is in. [Still hummin$! she $oes to the table on the ri$ht.] Helmer [calls out from his room] . #s that my little lar! twittering out there? Nora [bus openin$ some of the parcels]. "es, it is$ Helmer. #s it my little s%uirrel &ustling a&out? Nora. "es$ Helmer. 'hen did my s%uirrel come home? Nora. (ust now. [,uts the ba$ of macaroons into her pocket and &ipes her mouth.] Come in here, Torvald, and see what # have &ought. Helmer. )on*t distur& me. [A little later! he opens the door and looks into the room! pen in hand.] Bought, did you say? +ll these things? Has my little spendthrift &een wasting money again? Nora. "es &ut, Torvald, this year we really can let ourselves go a little. This is the first Christmas that we have not needed to economise. Helmer. Still, you !now, we can*t spend money rec!lessly. Nora. "es, Torvald, we may &e a wee &it more rec!less now, mayn*t we? (ust a tiny wee &it$ "ou are going to have a &ig salary and earn lots and lots of money. Helmer. "es, after the ew "ear, &ut then it will &e a whole %uarter &efore the salary is due. Nora. -ooh$ we can &orrow until then. Helmer. ora$ [/oes up to her and takes her pla full b the ear.] The same little featherhead$ Suppose, now, that # &orrowed fifty pounds today, and you spent it all in the Christmas wee!, and then on ew "ear*s .ve a slate fell on my head and !illed me, and// Nora [puttin$ her hands o#er his mouth]. 0h$ don*t say such horrid things. Helmer. Still, suppose that happened,//what then? Nora. #f that were to happen, # don*t suppose # should care whether # owed money or not.

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Helmer. "es, &ut what a&out the people who had lent it? Nora. They? 'ho would &other a&out them? # should not !now who they were. Helmer. That is li!e a woman$ But seriously, ora, you !now what # thin! a&out that. o de&t, no &orrowing. There can &e no freedom or &eauty a&out a home life that depends on &orrowing and de&t. 'e two have !ept &ravely on the straight road so far, and we will go on the same way for the short time longer that there need &e any struggle. Nora [mo#in$ to&ards the sto#e]. +s you please, Torvald. Helmer [follo&in$ her] . Come, come, my little s!ylar! must not droop her wings. 'hat is this$ #s my little s%uirrel out of temper? [Takin$ out his purse.] ora, what do you thin! # have got here? Nora [turnin$ round 0uickl ] . 2oney$ Helmer. There you are. [/i#es her some mone .] )o you thin! # don*t !now what a lot is wanted for house!eeping at Christmas/ time? Nora [countin$]. Ten shillings//a pound//two pounds$ Than! you, than! you, Torvald, that will !eep me going for a long time. Helmer. #ndeed it must. Nora. "es, yes, it will. But come here and let me show you what # have &ought. +nd all so cheap$ 3oo!, here is a new suit for #var, and a sword, and a horse and a trumpet for Bo&, and a doll and dolly*s &edstead for .mmy,//they are very plain, &ut anyway she will soon &rea! them in pieces. +nd here are dress/lengths and hand!erchiefs for the maids, old +nne ought really to have something &etter. Helmer. +nd what is in this parcel? Nora [cr in$ out]. o, no$ you mustn*t see that until this evening. Helmer. 4ery well. But now tell me, you extravagant little person, what would you li!e for yourself? Nora. 5or myself? 0h, # am sure # don*t want anything. Helmer. "es, &ut you must. Tell me something reasona&le that you would particularly li!e to have. Nora. o, # really can*t thin! of anything//unless, Torvald// Helmer. 'ell?

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#t is in the &lood.Nora [pla in$ &ith his coat buttons! and &ithout raisin$ her e es to his] .] #t*s a sweet little spendthrift. isn*t it? Helmer [smilin$] . it seems to melt in your hands. my sweet little s!ylar!. 3et us do as you suggest. 0ne would hardly &elieve how expensive such little persons are$ Nora. 4ery li!e your father. 0h &ut. out with it$ Nora [speakin$ 0uickl ]. it stri!es me that you are loo!ing rather//what shall # say//rather uneasy today? 8 . That is a very sensi&le plan. Helmer. But. for indeed it is true that you can inherit these things. 'hat are little people called that are always wasting money? Nora. 'ouldn*t that &e fun? Helmer. "ou can*t deny it. "ou haven*t any idea how many expenses we s!ylar!s and s%uirrels have.//all you can. But if you spend it all on the house!eeping and any num&er of unnecessary things. "ou never !now where it has gone. +nd # would not wish you to &e anything &ut 7ust what you are. Helmer [lau$hin$]. +h. please. ora. my dear little ora. "ou might give me money. you might//you might// Helmer. as soon as you have got it. Still. Nora. That*s very true. # do really save all # can. #f you really want to give me something. 0h. Nora. #ndeed it is//that is to say. do$ dear Torvald. Helmer. 0nly 7ust as much as you can afford. do you !now. &ut she uses up a deal of money. if you were really to save out of the money # give you. Torvald. But you can*t save anything$ Nora [smilin$ 0uietl and happil ]. "ou are an odd little soul. # wish # had inherited many of papa*s %ualities. Torvald. Spendthrifts//# !now. [. Torvald. Torvald// Helmer. #t*s a shame to say that. one must ta!e you as you are. please do$ Then # will wrap it up in &eautiful gilt paper and hang it on the Christmas Tree. But. and then # shall have time to thin! what # am most in want of. and. "ou always find some new way of wheedling money out of me. 'ell. Helmer. then # merely have to pay up again. ora// Nora. and then really &uy something for yourself. and then one of these days # will &uy something with it.uts his arm round her &aist.

# assure you. and a &ig enough income. Helmer. # assure you really// Helmer. # am sure of that. "ou do. there. 3oo! straight at me. However. o. ot &een ni&&ling sweets? Nora. &esides. # should not thin! of going against your wishes. really. Nora [looks at him]. Hasn*t she paid a visit to the confectioner*s? Nora. # will as! him when he comes in this morning. you can*t thin! how # am loo!ing forward to this evening. Torvald// Helmer. Nora [$oin$ to the table on the ri$ht] . o. o. of course # was only 7o!ing. There. They will all &e revealed tonight when the Christmas Tree is lit. #t is splendid to feel that one has a perfectly safe appointment. # have ordered some good wine. Torvald$ Helmer. So am #$ +nd how the children will en7oy themselves. Nora. what ma!es you thin! that? Helmer. certainly not. my darling. )id you remem&er to invite )octor :an!? Helmer. )o you remem&er last Christmas? 5or a full three wee!s &eforehand you shut yourself up every evening until long after midnight. #t*s delightful to thin! of. ora. o. Helmer. ot even ta!en a &ite at a macaroon or two? Nora. ma!ing ornaments for the Christmas .] 9eep your little Christmas secrets to yourself. Nora. )o #? Helmer. o. as a matter of course he will come to dinner with us. you gave me your word// [/oin$ up to her. Torvald. o. But there is no need.Nora. isn*t it? Nora. #t*s wonderful$ Helmer. no dou&t. . Hasn*t 2iss Sweet Tooth &een &rea!ing rules in town today? Nora. 'ell? Helmer [&a$$in$ his fin$er at her] .

But it is a good thing that our hard times are over. sir. Helmer. Torvald. "es. But there was precious little result. Maid [to HE1-E+] .] Mrs Linde [in a de)ected and timid #oice] . [She tidies the room a little. Helmer [smilin$] .//a stranger. Helmer. ma*am.] There*s some one at the door. "ou don*t recognise me. ora? Nora [doubtfull ]. How could # help the cat*s going in and tearing everything to pieces? Helmer. Nora. #f it is a caller. # didn*t find it dull. need #$ #t*s wonderfully lovely to hear you say so$ [Takin$ his arm. it is really wonderful.] ow # will tell you how # have &een thin!ing we ought to arrange things. +s soon as Christmas is over//[A bell rin$s in the hall. )id he go straight into my room? Maid. #t was the dullest three wee!s # ever spent$ Nora. poor little girl. o.Tree. 0h. and all the other fine things that were to &e a surprise to us. 0f course you couldn*t. The -A'. +s! her to come in. ushers in -rs 1inde! &ho is in tra#ellin$ dress! and shuts the door. you shouldn*t tease me a&out that again. < . # needn*t any longer. Nora. ora. This time # needn*t sit here and &e dull all alone. sir. and you needn*t ruin your dear eyes and your pretty little hands// Nora [clappin$ her hands]. + lady to see you. Torvald. remem&er # am not at home. "ou had the &est of intentions to please us all. "es. How do you do// Mrs Linde. Nora. How do you do. The doctor came at the same time. 'hat a nuisance$ Helmer. Maid [in the door&a ] . # suppose. [HE1-E+ $oes into his room. and that*s the main thing.] There*s the &ell.

Nora. -oor thing. #n nine. it is #. #s it so long since we met? # suppose it is.Nora. "es. Christine. # assure you. [Stops suddenl and speaks seriousl . how you must have suffered. "ou are not cold. +nd so now you have come into the town. ora? Nora [$entl ] . #t was very &ad of me. 'hat do you mean. The last eight years have &een a happy time for me. # %uite understand. # don*t !now//yes. and perhaps a little thinner. Nora. it was only the first moment//"ou are a little paler. Nora. # will sit here in the roc!ing/ chair. +nd he left you nothing? Mrs Linde. How delightful$ 'e will have such fun together$ But ta!e off your things. Nora. very. dear.] How you have altered. Mrs Linde. much older. dear Christine. o. # arrived &y steamer this morning. -oor Christine. and have ta!en this long 7ourney in winter//that was pluc!y of you. # can tell you. ten long years// Nora. # saw it in the papers.] 'hat a thoughtless creature # am. # seem to//[Suddenl . ora. "es. [Takes her hands. Christine. 2y poor. # hope. -erhaps a little older. do forgive me. To have some fun at Christmas/time. ta!e this armchair. # meant ever so often to write to you at the time. chattering away li!e this. [Helps her. Mrs Linde. "es. Nora. Nora. you are a widow. of course. +nd no children? = .] ow we will sit down &y the stove. +nd much. Mrs Linde. # !new. o. Christine$ To thin! of my not recognising you$ +nd yet how could #//['n a $entle #oice. &ut # always put it off and something always prevented me.] ow you loo! li!e your old self again. very little.] "es$ Christine$ #s it really you? Mrs Linde. and &e cosy. Mrs Linde. # have indeed. o. Christine. it is three years ago now. "es. Mrs Linde. certainly not much. to &e sure. Christine$ Mrs Linde.

"ou may imagine how pleased we are$ He is to ta!e up his wor! in the Ban! at the ew "ear. my hus&and has &een made manager of the Ban!$ Mrs Linde. ora. haven*t you learned sense yet? #n our schooldays you were a great spendthrift. [2a$s her fin$er at her. &ut heaps and heaps of money. o. o. Nora. o. o. what is it? Nora. So you are %uite alone.Mrs Linde. Mrs Linde. "our hus&and? 'hat good luc!$ Nora. and then he will have a &ig salary and lots of commissions. But. no. "es. for they are out with their nurse. Nora [lau$hin$]. How dreadfully sad that must &e. and naturally Torvald has never &een willing to do that. But now you must tell me all a&out it. anyhow # thin! it would &e delightful to have what one needs. 'e have not &een in a position for me to waste money. ora. is that possi&le? Mrs Linde [smiles sadl and strokes her hair] . # feel so relieved and so happy. Mrs Linde [smilin$]. Christine. ora. Mrs Linde. "ou too? ? . But there is one thing # must tell you. and # %uite agree with him. Nora. Christine$ #t will &e splendid to have heaps of money and not need to have any anxiety. you must &egin. "ou can*t see them 7ust now. #t sometimes happens. # have three lovely children. )o you !now we have 7ust had a great piece of good luc!? Mrs Linde. othing at all. that is what Torvald says now. # want to hear a&out you. Nora. Nora. then. ot even any sorrow or grief to live upon.] But > ora. o. today # must only thin! of your affairs. "es. 5or the future we can live %uite differently//we can do 7ust as we li!e. ora> is not so silly as you thin!. Mrs Linde. especially if he won*t underta!e unsavoury cases. not only what one needs. (ust fancy. Nora [lookin$ incredulousl at her]. won*t it? Mrs Linde. tremendous$ + &arrister*s profession is such an uncertain thing. # mustn*t &e selfish today. 'e have &oth had to wor!. "es.

# thought your maid said the gentleman who arrived here 7ust as # did. and he wor!ed early and late. and in emergencies li!e that it is luc!y to have the money. and fell dreadfully ill. # see. so we started a month later. isn*t it? Mrs Linde. that was )octor :an!. !ind father//# never saw him again. Mrs Linde. So # should thin!. "ou !now Torvald left his office when we were married? There was no prospect of promotion there. and it saved Torvald*s life. Christine. and comes in at least once everyday. Mrs Linde. wasn*t it? Nora. But//the doctor? Nora. Christine. and. # can tell you. and the doctors said it was necessary for him to go south. He is our greatest friend. needlewor!. o. #t was a wonderfully &eautiful 7ourney. and that !ind of thing. &ut he couldn*t stand it. "ou see.roppin$ her #oice. &ut he doesn*t come here professionally. Torvald has not had an hour*s illness since then. Mrs Linde. But during the first year he over/wor!ed himself dreadfully. he had to ma!e money every way he could. +nd your hus&and came &ac! %uite well? Nora. [3umps up and claps @ . didn*t you? Nora. # ought to tell you that we had it from papa. and our children are strong and healthy and so am #.] +nd other things as well. 7ust thin! of it. "es. # was expecting little #var*s &irth every day and # had my poor sic! Torvald to loo! after. and he had to try and earn more than &efore. But it cost a tremendous lot of money. +s sound as a &ell$ Mrs Linde. #t was 7ust after #var was &orn. crotchet/wor!. #t cost a&out two hundred and fifty pounds. &ut naturally we had to go. Nora. "es. +nd then you went off to #taly? Nora. "es. was the doctor? Nora. #t was no easy matter to get away. Mrs Linde. [.Nora. That*s a lot. # couldn*t go and nurse him. "es. #t was 7ust a&out that time that he died. odds and ends. 0h. you see we had money then. # !now how fond you were of him. 'hat doctor? Mrs Linde. em&roidery. "ou spent a whole year in #taly. Mrs Linde. "es. and the doctors insisted on our going. Nora. "es. 2y dear. That was the saddest time # have !nown since our marriage.

o. Mrs Linde. # am tal!ing of nothing &ut my own affairs. with no rest. so # did not thin! # was 7ustified in refusing his offer. "es. for she is gone. Christine. 2y poor mother needs me no more. The last three years have seemed li!e one long wor!ing/day. "ou had far &etter go away to some watering/place. # have no father to give me money for a 7ourney. The worst of a position li!e mine is that it ma!es one so &itter. ora. # &elieve he was %uite well off. o. and so on. and # had to provide for my two younger &rothers. How do you mean?//0h. and was &edridden and helpless. +nd then?// Mrs Linde. 'hen you told me of the happy turn your fortunes have ta!en//you will hardly &elieve it//# was delighted not so much on your account as on my own. "ou mean that perhaps Torvald could get you something to do. #t is you that must not &e angry with me. Tell me. Mrs Linde [&alkin$ to the &indo&]. 'ell. and the &oys do not need me either. #f only # could have the good luc! to get some regular wor!//office wor! of some !ind// Nora. 0ne must live. 1A . # understand. [/ets up restlessl .] "ou mustn*t &e angry with me. and so one &ecomes selfish. perhaps you were %uite right. they have got situations and can shift for themselves.her hands. Nora. ow it is at an end. is it really true that you did not love your hus&and? 'hy did you marry him? Mrs Linde. # only feel my life unspea!a&ly empty. He was rich at that time.] Christine$ Christine$ it*s good to &e alive and happy$//But how horrid of me. then a small school. But his &usiness was a precarious one.] That was why # could not stand the life in my little &ac!water any longer. then? Mrs Linde. o one to live for anymore. # hope it may &e easier here to find something which will &usy me and occupy my thoughts. 0h. dear. and yet o&liged to &e always on the loo!out for chances. Nora. that is so frightfully tiring. when he died. o one to wor! for. ora. that was what # was thin!ing of. and you loo! tired out now. 2y mother was alive then. Nora. and. But. indeed. it all went to pieces and there was nothing left. 'hat a relief you must feel if// Mrs Linde. [Sits on a stool near her! and rests her arms on her knees. don*t &e angry with me$ Mrs Linde [$oin$ up to her] . # had to turn my hand to anything # could find/ /first a small shop. Nora [risin$] . Nora.

#ndeed. my dear ora.] # have not told you the important thing. "ou ought not to &e so superior. o? Nora. Come. Nora. Nora. Mrs Linde. # don*t loo! down on anyone. # too have something to &e proud and glad of. Nora. 2y dear$ Small household cares and that sort of thing$//"ou are a child. Mrs Linde. # thin! # have the right to &e. [1o&erin$ her #oice. (ust leave it to me. Nora. But what do you refer to? 11 . Christine//&ut you ought not to. Mrs Linde. He must.Nora. # have no dou&t you have. #t will ma!e me so happy to &e of some use to you. "ou are 7ust li!e the others. come// Nora. -ooh$//those were trifles. They all thin! that # am incapa&le of anything really serious// Mrs Linde. Mrs Linde. "ou loo! down upon me altogether. you have 7ust told me all your trou&les. Nora [tosses her head and crosses the sta$e] . But. But it is true that # am &oth proud and glad to thin! that # was privileged to ma!e the end of my mother*s life almost free from care. How !ind you are. ora. # will &roach the su&7ect very cleverly//# will thin! of something that will please him very much. too. aren*t you. Mrs Linde. +nd you are proud to thin! of what you have done for your &rothers? Mrs Linde. Christine. to &e so anxious to help me$ #t is dou&ly !ind in you. ora. "ou are proud. of having wor!ed so hard and so long for your mother? Mrs Linde. But now.//that # have gone through nothing in this world of cares. listen to this. The important thing? 'hat do you mean? Nora. # thin! so. #//? # !now so little of them? Mrs Linde [smilin$]. for you !now so little of the &urdens and trou&les of life.

Because you couldn*t have &orrowed it. Nora. hm$ +ha$ Mrs Linde. #n the 3ottery? There would have &een no credit in that. 'hat do you thin! of that? Mrs Linde. a wife cannot &orrow without her hus&and*s consent. Nora [tossin$ her head] .ulls her do&n on the sofa beside her. 0h. Nora. >Saved>? How? Nora. # never said # had &orrowed the money. Two hundred and fifty pounds. how could you possi&ly do it? )id you win a priBe in the 3ottery? Nora [contemptuousl ] . "ou? +ll that large sum? Nora. ora. "es. # told you a&out our trip to #taly. Christine.] ow # will show you that # too have something to &e proud and glad of. # don*t understand it at all. Suppose Torvald were to hear$ He mustn*t on any account//no one in the world must !now. Mrs Linde. -apa didn*t give us a shilling. But where did you get it from. Torvald would never have recovered if he had not gone there// Mrs Linde. o. #t was # who procured the money. "es. if it is a wife who has any head for &usiness//a wife who has the wit to &e a little &it clever// Mrs Linde. #t was # who saved Torvald*s life. &ut your father gave you the necessary funds. But. Hm. ora. There is no need you should. But what is it? Nora. But// Nora. Come here. Mrs Linde.] -erhaps # got it from some other admirer. # may have got it some other way.Nora. [1ies back on the sofa. Couldn*t #? 'hy not? Mrs Linde. Mrs Linde. then? ora [hummin$ and smilin$ &ith an air of m ster ] . 'hen anyone is as attractive as # am// 11 . Nora [smilin$] . that is what Torvald and all the others thin!. &ut// Mrs Linde. [. except you. Mrs Linde. Spea! low.

+nd since then have you never told your secret to your hus&and? Nora. ora dear. o. But he was so ill then//alas. #s it imprudent to save your hus&and*s life? Mrs Linde. there never was any need to tell him. That nearly made him angry. #t was to me that the doctors came and said that his life was in danger. +nd did your hus&and never get to !now from your father that the money had not come from him? Nora. and that he ought to &e !ind and indulgent to me. without his !nowledge. in &usiness. # tried tears and entreaties with him. )on*t laugh at me$ # mean. of course. our &eautiful happy home would no longer &e what it is now.Mrs Linde. when Torvald is no longer as devoted to me as he is now. )o you suppose # didn*t try. # even hinted that he might raise a loan. 3isten to me. after many years. "ou are a mad creature. # had meant to let him into the secret and &eg him never to reveal it. %uarterly interest. # thought.] 'hat nonsense$ That time will never come. when my dancing and dressing/up and reciting have palled on him. that this affair has caused me a lot of worry. Christine. then it may &e a good thing to have something in reserve// [%reakin$ off. and another thing called payment in installments. with his manly independence. ow. when # am no longer as nice/loo!ing as # am now. #t has &een &y no means easy for me to meet my engagements punctually. )o you mean never to tell him a&out it? Nora [meditati#el ! and &ith a half smile] . to// Nora. Christine? )o you still thin! # am of no use? # can tell you. Nora. #t seems to me imprudent. too. But it was a&solutely necessary that he should not !now$ 2y goodness. Mrs Linde. first of all. no$ How could you thin! so? + man who has such strong opinions a&out these things$ +nd &esides. # may tell you that there is something that is called. Haven*t you &een a little &it imprudent? Nora [sits up strai$ht] . and that it was his duty as my hus&and not to indulge me in my whims and caprices//as # &elieve he called them. perhaps. Cood Heavens. 4ery well. what do you thin! of my great secret. # told him that he ought to remem&er the condition # was in. to get what # wanted as if it were for myself? # told him how much # should love to travel a&road li!e other young wives. ow. -apa died 7ust at that time. to !now that he owed me anything$ #t would upset our mutual relations altogether. Mrs Linde. can*t you understand that? #t was necessary he should have no idea what a dangerous condition he was in. never. Christine. and it is always so dreadfully 16 . you must &e saved//and that was how # came to devise a way out of the difficulty// Mrs Linde. and that the only thing to save him was to live in the south. how painful and humiliating it would &e for Torvald. Mrs Linde. "es//someday. you !now you*re full of curiosity. He said # was thoughtless.

you understand. # couldn*t let my children &e sha&&ily dressed. it*s delightful to thin! of. # have not &een a&le to put aside much from my house!eeping money. Nora. where # could. as far as # am concerned. Mrs Linde. "ou see. #t was li!e &eing a man. &ut all the same it was a tremendous pleasure to sit there wor!ing and earning money. So it has all had to come out of your own necessaries of life. the instructionE >The lovely 2rs ora Helmer is to have all # possess paid over to her at once in cash. [Smiles. 2any a time # was at my wits* end. so # loc!ed myself up and sat writing every evening until %uite late at night. Besides. # have never spent more than half of it. Christine// &ecause it is delightful to &e really well dressed. # have always &ought the simplest and cheapest things. 2any a time # was desperately tired. soon the spring will come and the &ig &lue s!y$ -erhaps we shall &e a&le to ta!e a little trip//perhaps # shall see the sea again$ 0h. 0f course. # can*t tell you exactly. %uite free from care. and that when his will was opened it contained. # only !now that # have paid every penny that # could scrape together.] Then # used to sit here and imagine that a rich old gentleman had fallen in love with me// Mrs Linde. the tiresome old person can stay where he is.] 2y goodness. But it was often very hard on me. and so Torvald has never noticed it. Cood gracious. 'hat$ 'ho was it? Nora. when # couldn*t thin! of any way of procuring money. # have felt o&liged to use up all he gave me for them. Be %uiet$//that he had died.> Mrs Linde. to &e a&le to !eep the house &eautifully and have everything 7ust as Torvald li!es it$ +nd. for # am free from care now. 'henever Torvald has given me money for new dresses and such things. 3ast winter # was luc!y enough to get a lot of copying to do. poor ora? Nora. [A bell is heard in the hall. thin! of it. it is very difficult to !eep an account of a &usiness matter of that !ind. Duite so. then # have found other ways of earning money. for Torvald must have a good ta&le. # was the one responsi&le for it. 'ell.difficult to manage them. can*t you understand? There was no old gentleman at all. How much have you &een a&le to pay off in that way? Nora. Than! Heaven. [3umps up. the sweet little darlings$ Mrs Linde. any clothes loo! well on me. to &e a&le to play and romp with the children. But it*s all the same now. written in &ig letters. my dear ora//who could the man &e? Nora. isn*t it? Mrs Linde. Christine$ 5ree from care$ To &e a&le to &e free from care. it was only something that # used to sit here and imagine. it*s a wonderful thing to &e alive and &e happy. But.] 18 . # have had to save a little here and there. # don*t care a&out him or his will either.

Shuts the door of the stove and moves the roc!ing/chair aside. it is sure to &e for Torvald.F 1. Mrs Linde.Mrs Linde [risin$].xcuse me. Nora. othing &ut dry &usiness matters. Mrs Linde. Nora. Be so good as to go into the study. 2rs Helmer. and # hear your hus&and is to &e our chief now// Nora. "es. There is the &ell. . 2rs Helmer.] Nora [takes a step to&ards him! and speaks in a strained! lo& #oice]. [-rs 1'N. Nora. # used to//many years ago. # have a small post in the Ban!. He is a widower now. isn*t he? Nora. +t one time he was a solicitor*s cler! in our town. he was. 'ith several children. perhaps # had &etter go. )o you !now the man? Mrs Linde. ora//who was that man? Nora. Nora. a&solutely nothing else. of the name of 9rogstad. He is greatly altered. o. it is &urning up. no one will come in here. Then it really was he. then. + lawyer. don*t go. Ban! &usiness//in a way. ma*am//there is a gentleman to see the master. He made a very unhappy marriage.] Mrs Linde. Mrs Linde. 'ho is it? %ro&s$ad [at the door]. Then it is// %ro&s$ad. . "ou? 'hat is it? 'hat do you want to see my hus&and a&out? %ro&s$ad. #t is #. and as the doctor is with him// Nora. [She bo&s indifferentl to him and shuts the door into the hall( then comes back and makes up the fire in the sto#e. There now. Nora. Servan$ [at the hall door] .E starts! trembles! and turns to the &indo&.

#s that a good cure for overwor!? Mrs Linde. not at all. is at this very moment with Helmer// Mrs Linde [sadl ]. But don*t let us thin! of &usiness. Rank. Nora. Rank. # have come to loo! for wor!. # have often heard 2rs 3inde*s name mentioned here. o. 2rs 3inde. o. a fellow you don*t !now at all. Rank. othing more than that? Then # suppose you have come to town to amuse yourself with our entertainments? Mrs Linde.Mrs Linde. Nora. "es. 0ne must live. +h$ Nora. # would rather go in to your wife for a little while. # don*t !now anything a&out it. However wretched # may feel. +h$ some slight internal wea!ness? Mrs Linde. # go up very slowly. :eally$ -erhaps he does. )octor :an!//you !now you want to live. &ut even he &egan tal!ing of its &eing highly important that he should live. + lawyer of the name of 9rogstad. 3oo! here. # thin! # passed you on the stairs when # arrived. [Shuts the door and sees -rs 1'N. 2rs 3inde? Mrs Linde. Rank. Rank. # can*t manage stairs well. the fact is # have &een overwor!ing myself. Do#$or Rank [comes out of HE1-E+'S stud . # am afraid # am distur&ing you too. Rank. # want to prolong the agony as long as possi&le. Certainly. +ll my patients are li!e that. )octor :an!. # won*t distur& you. They say he carries on various !inds of &usiness. +nd so are those who are morally diseased. %efore he shuts the door he calls to him]. and a &ad case too. one of them. "es. Nora. my dear fellow. it is so tiresome. He suffers from a diseased moral character. the general opinion seems to &e that it is necessary. 'hom do you mean? Rank. )octor :an!.] # &eg your pardon. 1< . o. ['ntroducin$ him]. 2rs Helmer.E.

Mrs Linde. as soon as they have found some. well. 'hat do # care a&out tiresome Society? # am laughing at something %uite different. put the person concerned into some lucrative position where they can !eep their eye on him. # must tell you that he is afraid they will spoil my teeth. "es. # only heard that it was something a&out the Ban!. [2alkin$ about. isn*t it.] )octor :an!.] "ou must have one too. &ah$//once in a way//That*s so.] Rank. 0h. )octor :an!. Mrs Linde. +nd # shall have one. Tell me. "es. what is that? 1= . Healthy natures are left out in the cold. are all the people who are employed in the Ban! dependent on Torvald now? Rank. and. Nora. Rank [shru$$in$ his shoulders]. 'hy do you laugh at that? Have you any notion what Society really is? Nora. [N*+A! &ho has been absorbed in her thou$hts! breaks out into smothered lau$hter and claps her hands. &ut these are some Christine gave me. That is the sentiment that is turning Society into a sic!/house. [To -rs 1inde. don*t &e alarmed$ "ou couldn*t !now that Torvald had for&idden them. # have no idea.] # am tremendously happy.] #t*s perfectly glorious to thin! that we have//that Torvald has so much power over so many people. 'hat. Still # thin! the sic! are those who most need ta!ing care of.uts a macaroon into his mouth. what do you say to a macaroon? Rank. 7ust a little one//or at most two. [Takes the packet from her pocket. Rank. 'ell. Rank. there you are. There is 7ust one thing in the world now that # should dearly love to do. #s that what you find so extremely amusing? Nora [smilin$ and hummin$] .Nora. macaroons? # thought they were for&idden here.] # don*t !now whether you find also in your part of the world that there are certain people who go Bealously snuffing a&out to smell out moral corruption. "es. Christine. Nora. 'hat$ #?// Nora. # didn*t !now this//what*s his name//9rogstad had anything to do with the Ban!. )octor :an!? By your leave$ [. But. something extremely amusing. he has some sort of appointment there. That*s my affair$ [2alkin$ about the room. )id he? 'hat did he want to spea! to Torvald a&out? Rank.

+ school friend of my wife*s. Shoc!ing? Rank. #// Nora. it*s so shoc!ing. here he is$ Nora [hidin$ the packet] . dear//$ Rank. +nd 7ust thin!. with us you might. o. 1? . dear. Hush$ Hush$ Hush$ [HE1-E+ comes out of his room! &ith his coat o#er his arm and his hat in his hand. 'hat do you mean? Mrs Linde.xcuse me. # presume? Mrs Linde. Still. Torvald dear.] Nora. "es. 0f course. Say it. # daren*t. 'ell. #*m damned$ Rank. 'ell. Christine is tremendously clever at &oo!/!eeping. Helmer. who has come to town. 2rs 3inde. Nora. Christine 3inde. she has ta!en a long 7ourney in order to see you. we have !nown each other since then. he has 7ust gone. Rank.Nora. ora. 3et me introduce you//this is Christine. 2rs 3inde. Helmer. if Torvald could hear me. #t*s something # should dearly love to say. Mrs Linde. # should 7ust love to say//'ell. "es. and she is frightfully anxious to wor! under some clever man. Nora. 'ell. # should not advise you to say it. so as to perfect herself// Helmer. why can*t you say it? Nora. +re you mad? Mrs Linde. 'hat is it you would so much li!e to say if Torvald could hear you? Nora. o. 4ery sensi&le. Christine//? . Helmer. &ut # don*t !now// Nora. really. have you got rid of him? Helmer.

"es. 'ait a minute. Christine? Mrs Linde [puttin$ on her cloak] . There is no need.] But today you must excuse me// Rank. )r. Nora. ora dear. Cood&ye for the present. it is not altogether impossi&le. # am afraid it is impossi&le for us// Mrs Linde. Helmer.] 1@ . it*s very li!ely # may &e a&le to find something for you// Nora [clappin$ her hands]. Helmer. +nd you too. 2rs 3inde. Torvald. # will come with you. [The $o to the door all talkin$ to$ether. Children's #oices are heard on the staircase. 0h. )on*t &e long away. well then. won*t you? Helmer. for my sa!e. 0f course you will come &ac! this evening. Mrs Linde. 'hat do you say? #f you are well enough? 0h. +h$ well. you !now//she travelled here as %uic! as she could. -lease don*t thin! of it$ Cood&ye. not more. "es. # am sure you will &e a&le to do something for Christine. How am # to than! you? Helmer. "ou have 7ust come at a fortunate moment. +re you going too. Torvald dear. 'hat a pity it is we are so short of space here. 'ell. you must &e$ 'rap yourself up well.] Nora. +&out an hour. # must go and loo! for a room. and many than!s. :an!. +nd when she heard you had &een appointed manager of the Ban!//the news was telegraphed. a fair amount. [%rin$s his fur coat from the hall and &arms it at the fire. Helmer.Nora. Nora. 2rs 3inde? Mrs Linde. Nora [helpin$ her]. [. Helmer. +nd have had some experience of &oo!/!eeping? Mrs Linde. 'hat did # tell you? 'hat did # tell you? Helmer. we can wal! down the street together. "es. # presume you are a widow.uts on his coat.

it is such fun. Bo& shall hide first. 3et me ta!e her for a little. 9rogstad. +nne. Come along. [The children all talk at once &hile she speaks to them. The door is half opened! and 5+*/STA. please let me do it. we*ll play Hide and See!. There they are$ There they are$ [She runs to open the door. the place will only &e &eara&le for a mother now$ [+AN5! HE1-E+! and -rs 1inde $o do&nstairs.] Nora. # !now that. #var. no.xcuse me. Shouts of lau$hter. There is some hot coffee for you on the stove. 2r. 2rs 3inde. Nora [risin$] . the outer door was a7ar. Helmer. let us have a game$ 'hat shall we play at? Hide and See!? "es. # suppose someone forgot to shut it. appears! lie &aits a little( the $ame $oes on. 2ust # hide? 4ery well. . you loo! half froBen. The N4+SE comes for&ard &ith the children( N*+A shuts the hall door. +h$ what do you want? %ro&s$ad. #var.Nora. The N4+SE comes in &ith the children. 'hat$ Have you &een snow&alling? # wish # had &een there too$ o. "ou mustn*t loo! at the parcels. 6resh lau$hter. you sweet &lessings$ 3oo! at them. no//it*s something nasty$ Come. 2y sweet little &a&y doll$ [Takes the bab from the -A'.] Nora. and dances it up and do&n. 2y hus&and is out. dogs don*t &ite nice little dolly children. you pulled &oth .xcuse me.] 0h. Co in now. then? 1A .mmy and Bo& along on the sledge? //&oth at once?//that was good. )on*t let us stand here in the draught. 2rs Helmer. 'hat are they? +h. o.] "es.] Come in$ Come in$ [Stoops and kisses them. Nora [&ith a stifled cr ! turns round and $ets up on to her knees] . N*+A takes off the children's thin$s and thro&s them about! &hile the all talk to her at once. Nora. %ro&s$ad. #*ll hide first. 'hat do you want here. Christine$ +ren*t they darlings? Rank. How fresh and well you loo!$ Such red chee!s li!e apples and roses. mother will dance with Bo& too. [The N4+SE $oes into the room on the left.] %ro&s$ad.] Have you had great fun? That*s splendid$ 'hat. # will ta!e their things off. . # daresay you would li!e to !now. -ean&hile there has been a knock at the hall door! but none of them has noticed it. [She and the children lau$h and shout! and romp in and out of the room( at last N*+A hides under the table! the children rush in and out for her! but do not see her( the hear her smothered lau$hter! run to the table! lift up the cloth and find her. She cra&ls for&ard and pretends to fri$hten them. :eally$ )id a &ig dog run after you? But it didn*t &ite you? o. +nne. "ou are a clever &oy. yes.

"es. # was in 0lsen*s :estaurant and saw your hus&and going down the street// Nora. # do. # presume you can give me a moment? Nora. 'hat then? %ro&s$ad. "es//yes. 'ith a lady. Nora. 'e won*t tal! a&out that until later on. today. o. She is a great friend of yours. (ust arrived in town? Nora. Nora. # !new her too. [She takes the children into the room on the left! and shuts the door after them. and it will depend on yourself what sort of a Christmas you will spend. it is Christmas . 'hat? o. This is something different.%ro&s$ad. %ro&s$ad. isn*t she? Nora. Today? #t is not the first of the month yet. #t was.] Co in to nurse. "es? %ro&s$ad. %ro&s$ad. # am aware of that. + word with you. 'hat do you mean? Today it is a&solutely impossi&le for me// %ro&s$ad.] "ou want to spea! to me? %ro&s$ad.ve. 'hen he has gone we will have another game. Cood. %ro&s$ad. once upon a time. %ro&s$ad. But # don*t see// %ro&s$ad. # can//although// %ro&s$ad. Nora. Nora. # thought as much. 'ith me?//[To the children! $entl . "es. She is. the strange man won*t do mother any harm. Then # can as! you. +re you? So you !now all a&out it. without &eating a&out the &ush//is 2rs 3inde to have an appointment in the Ban!? 11 . 2ay # ma!e so &old as to as! if it was a 2rs 3inde? Nora. Nora.

Haven*t you? # thought you said yourself 7ust now// Nora. # have !nown your hus&and from our student days.xactly. %ro&s$ad. whom # have to than! for &eing turned off. Because one is a woman. +nd it was # who pleaded her cause. %ro&s$ad. "ou will &e so !ind as to see that # am allowed to !eep my su&ordinate position in the Ban!. But # assure you// %ro&s$ad. # don*t suppose he is any more unassaila&le than other hus&ands. # shall turn you out of the house. there is no necessity to !eep up the pretence of ignorance. to come to the point. Nora. then. 11 . let me tell you that. they should really &e careful to avoid offending anyone who//who// %ro&s$ad. # was right in what # thought. 0h. you will &e so good as to use your influence on my &ehalf. 2r. one of my hus&and*s su&ordinates$ But since you as!. it does not necessarily follow that//. 4ery li!ely. 9rogstad. 9rogstad. Sometimes one has a tiny little &it of influence. Nora. aturally # did not mean you to put that construction on it. Nora. 9rogstad. &ut. 'hat? 'hat do you mean? %ro&s$ad. 'ho has influence? Nora. #f you spea! slightingly of my hus&and. 'hat right have you to %uestion me. 2r. But. # can %uite understand that your friend is not very anxious to expose herself to the chance of ru&&ing shoulders with me. "es. #$ 'hat should ma!e you thin! # have any influence of that !ind with my hus&and? %ro&s$ad. %ro&s$ad [chan$in$ his tone] . Nora [&alkin$ up and do&n the sta$e]. 2rs 3inde is to have an appointment. # have no influence. 'hen anyone is in a su&ordinate position. Nora. 9rogstad?//"ou. 0h. # should hope. you shall !now. Nora. . the time has come when # should advise you to use your influence to prevent that. 2r. 'hat do you mean &y that? 'ho proposes to ta!e your post away from you? %ro&s$ad.Nora. and # %uite understand. 2r. 2rs Helmer. too.

honestly. li!e every&ody else. 3isten to me. Hm$//suppose # were to tell him? Nora. The matter never came into court. Nora. # shall in a very short time &e free of the whole thing. This post in the Ban! was li!e the first step up for me//and now your hus&and is going to !ic! me downstairs again into the mud. %ro&s$ad. 9rogstad.%ro&s$ad. Nora. Then it is &ecause you haven*t the will. [Sobbin$. # was guilty of an indiscretion. 0nly disagreea&le? Nora [impetuousl ]. 16 . that once. "ou are &old. But you must &elieve me. and you certainly won*t !eep your post then. and. &ut # have means to compel you. which has &een my 7oy and pride. So # too! to the &usiness that you !now of. Nora. many years ago. 'ell. %ro&s$ad. &ut every way seemed to &e closed to me after that. # am not afraid of you any longer. clumsy way//that he should learn it from you$ +nd it would put me in a horri&ly disagreea&le position// %ro&s$ad. # don*t thin! #*ve &een one of the worst. for their sa!e # must try and win &ac! as much respect as # can in the town.] To thin! of his learning my secret. Nora. # may as well tell you. indeed. #f my hus&and does get to !now of it. "ou don*t mean that you will tell my hus&and that # owe you money? %ro&s$ad. 2rs Helmer. it is not in my power to help you at all. %ro&s$ad. 2rs Helmer. But now # must cut myself free from all that. 2r. %ro&s$ad [controllin$ himself] . Nora. and we shall have nothing more to do with you. then$//and it will &e the worse for you. #t is not only for the sa!e of the money. So it seems. %ro&s$ad. that weighs least with me in the matter. There is another reason// well. # as!ed you if it was only a disagreea&le scene at home that you were afraid of? Nora. # thin! # have heard something of the !ind. 2y position is this. #f necessaryF # am prepared to fight for my small post in the Ban! as if # were fighting for my life. # had to do something. 2y sons are growing up. do it. +s soon as the ew "ear comes. #t would &e perfectly infamous of you. # daresay you !now. 2y hus&and will see for himself what a &lac!guard you are. of course he will at once pay you what is still owing. in such an ugly.

yes. Nora. # thin! # remem&er// %ro&s$ad. "es. # promised to get you that amount. your father should himself have inserted the date on which he signed the paper. . )o you remem&er that? Nora. ow. %ro&s$ad. Then # gave you the &ond to send &y post to your father. Nora. 3isten to me. 2rs Helmer? Nora. 'hen your hus&and was ill. haven*t # &een paying it off regularly? %ro&s$ad. %ro&s$ad. Nora. Should? He did sign them. +nd you naturally did so at once. # promised to get you that amount// Nora. Nora. "our mind was so ta!en up with your hus&and*s illness. 5airly so. But &elow your signature there were a few lines constituting your father a surety for the money. %ro&s$ad. and which # signed. that is to say. #s that not so? Nora. %ro&s$ad. indeed. %ro&s$ad. "es. Therefore it will not &e amiss if # remind you of them. # promised to get the money on the security of a &ond which # drew up. Cood. +nd then # gave you the money. you came to me to &orrow two hundred and fifty pounds. # shall &e o&liged to remind you of a few details. #t was. that you seem to have paid no attention to the conditions of our &argain.ither you have a very &ad memory or you !now very little of &usiness. and you were so anxious to get the money for your 7ourney. 18 . those lines your father should have signed. 'ell. Nora. But//to come &ac! to the matter in hand//that must have &een a very trying time for you. # didn*t !now anyone else to go to. # had left the date &lan!. "es.%ro&s$ad [comin$ a step nearer]. on certain conditions. "es. 2rs Helmer. &ecause five or six days afterwards you &rought me the &ond with your father*s signature. and you did so. 'hat do you mean? %ro&s$ad.

#t was # that wrote papa*s name. #f # had as!ed him for his signature. 'hat discrepancy? # don*t !now// %ro&s$ad. %ro&s$ad. %ro&s$ad. too. #t is a discrepancy. as that is so. can you &y any chance remem&er what day your father died?//on what day of the month. 1. and someone else may have dated it haphaBard &efore they !new of his death. Nora. why did you not send the paper to your father? Nora. #t all depends on the signature of the name. But. isn*t it? [N*+A is silent. "es. #t was impossi&le. your father has dated his signature the 1nd of 0cto&er.] Can you explain it to me? [N*+A is still silent. 'ell. %ro&s$ad. in the fact that your father signed this &ond three days after his death. your father may have forgotten to date his signature. +nd died soon afterwards? Nora. 2rs Helmer? #t was your father himself who signed his name here? Nora [after a short pause! thro&s her head up and looks defiantl at him] . loo! here.> as well as the year. #n what way? "ou shall have your money soon. 2rs Helmer. o. "our father was very ill. # suppose. # should have had to tell him what the money was to &e used for. -apa died on the 1@th of Septem&er. %ro&s$ad. %ro&s$ad.] #t is a remar!a&le thing. 'hat do you mean? # don*t understand// %ro&s$ad. # have ascertained it for myself. 3et me as! you a %uestion. Tell me. and when he was so ill himself # couldn*t tell him that my hus&and*s life was in danger//it was impossi&le. #t would have &een &etter for you if you had given up your trip a&road. it was not. "our father died on the 1@th of Septem&er. The discrepancy consists. papa was so ill. # mean. wasn*t he? Nora. There is no harm in that. +re you aware that is a dangerous confession? Nora. That is correct. that the words >1nd of 0cto&er.%ro&s$ad. +nd. Nora. there is a discrepancy [takin$ a paper from his pocket] which # cannot account for. of course it can &e explained. . He was very near his end. %ro&s$ad. 2rs Helmer. and that is genuine. Nora. are not written in your father*s handwriting &ut in one that # thin! # !now.

2r. #s a daughter not to &e allowed to spare her dying father anxiety and care? #s a wife not to &e allowed to save her hus&and*s life? # don*t !now much a&out law. it*s impossi&le$ # did it for love*s sa!e. "es. o. )o as you please. %ro&s$ad. o. &ut # am certain that there must &e laws permitting such things as that. [He bo&s! and $oes out throu$h the hall. that was impossi&le. But # can assure you that my one false step. %ro&s$ad.] +nd yet//? o. # couldn*t &ear you. But. &ut will you come and play again? 1< . # couldn*t give that up. Have you no !nowledge of such laws//you who are a lawyer? "ou must &e a very poor lawyer. if # produce this paper in court. ( ildren. mother. )o you hear? ot even papa. the stranger man has gone out through the gate. Nora. # don*t &elieve it. Then it must &e a very foolish law. don*t tell anyone a&out the stranger man. 2other. The law cares nothing a&out motives. 2ay&e. But let me tell you this// if # lose my position a second time. %ro&s$ad. dears. Nora. you evidently do not realise clearly what it is that you have &een guilty of. # !now. But did it never occur to you that you were committing a fraud on me? Nora. which lost me all my reputation. %ro&s$ad.Nora. 9rogstad. &ecause you put so many heartless difficulties in my way. [%e$ins to bus herself puttin$ the children's thin$s in order. Nora. although you !new what a dangerous condition my hus&and was in. 2rs Helmer. # didn*t trou&le myself a&out you at all. That trip was to save my hus&and*s life. "ou? )o you as! me to &elieve that you were &rave enough to run a ris! to save your wife*s life? %ro&s$ad. # couldn*t ta!e that into account. you shall lose yours with me. But matters of &usiness//such &usiness as you and # have had together// do you thin! # don*t understand that? 4ery well. Nora. T e ( ildren [in the door&a on the left]. 5oolish or not. it is the law &y which you will &e 7udged. was nothing more or nothing worse than what you have done.] Nora [appears buried in thou$ht for a short time! then tosses her head] . onsense$ Trying to frighten me li!e that$//# am not so silly as he thin!s.

[She $ets them into the room b de$rees and shuts the door on them( then sits do&n on the sofa! takes up a piece of needle&ork and se&s a fe& stitches! but soon stops. That is strange. :un away in. Helmer. Here? o.] Helen$ &ring the Tree in. # saw 9rogstad going out of the gate. "es. than! you. Helmer. Shall # get you anything else? Nora. Has anyone &een here? Nora.] o. &ut// Helmer. :un away in.] o$ [Thro&s do&n the &ork! $ets up! $oes to the hall door and calls out. didn*t he &eg that of you too? Nora. Torvald$//# will sing for you. )id you? 0h yes. +nd you were to appear to do it of your own accord. # forgot. ( ildren. + lie//? 1= . Helmer. # have such a lot to do. Maid. # can see from your manner that he has &een here &egging you to say a good word for him. G. Nora. ora. o. my sweet little darlings. 'here shall # put it. ora. you promised us. Torvald. Here. in the middle of the floor. no$ it is %uite impossi&le$ Maid [comin$ in &ith the Tree] . "es. Nora. But. you were to conceal from me the fact of his having &een here. Helmer.Nora. mother. [/oes to the table on the left! opens a dra&er! and stops a$ain.xit 2+#). The tree shall &e splendid$ # will do everything # can thin! of to please you. Nora. and give him any sort of promise? +nd to tell me a lie into the &argain? Nora. o.F Nora [be$ins dressin$ the tree] . no.//not now. "es. ma*am? Nora. 9rogstad was here for a moment. &ut # can*t now. + candle here/and flowers here// The horri&le man$ #t*s all nonsense//there*s nothing wrong. # have all # want. and you would &e a party to that sort of thing? To have any tal! with a man li!e that. "es. dance for you//[HE1-E+ comes in &ith some papers under his arm. ora.] 0h$ are you &ac! already?.

] Nora [after a short pause! durin$ &hich she busies herself &ith the Christmas Tree. 'hat are all those papers? Helmer.] 'e will say no more a&out it.Helmer. and # must ma!e use of the Christmas wee! for that. Nora. 'ell// Nora. Nora. [1ets her $o. [Sits do&n b the sto#e. Torvald? Helmer. Helmer. )idn*t you tell me no one had &een here? [Shakes his fin$er at her.] 2y little song&ird must never do that again. Ban! &usiness.] That is so. Then that was why this poor 9rogstad// Helmer. #t was very silly of me to want to do that. # am loo!ing forward tremendously to the fancy/dress &all at the Sten&orgs* the day after tomorrow. # have got authority from the retiring manager to underta!e the necessary changes in the staff and in the rearrangement of the wor!. # am sure it is. Helmer. "es. #f you hadn*t &een so &usy # should have as!ed you a tremendously &ig favour. Helmer. +re you very &usy. 'hat do you mean? Nora. )oes my little ora ac!nowledge that at last? Nora [standin$ behind his chair &ith her arms on the back of it]. + song&ird must have a clean &ea! to chirp with//no false notes$ [.uts his arm round her &aist. Torvald. 1? . so as to have everything in order for the new year. Nora. Nora. # can*t hit upon anything that will do.] Torvald$ Helmer. isn*t it? "es. +lready? Helmer.] How warm and snug it is here$ [Turns o#er his papers. Hm$ Nora [leans a$ainst the back of his chair and strokes his hair]. everything # thin! of seems so silly and insignificant. +nd # am tremendously curious to see what you are going to surprise me with.

But do you thin! it would//? Helmer.] How pretty the red flowers loo!//. you wouldn*t. Torvald. A short pause. [/oes to the Christmas Tree. Nora. +nd # do so want to loo! nice at the fancy/dress &all. 'hat is that? Tell me. (ust thin! how a guilty man li!e that has to lie and play the hypocrite with every one.Helmer. Torvald. That is nice of you. Nora. # can*t get along a &it without your help. 4ery well. . There is no one has such good taste as you. +nd a&out the children//that is the most terri&le part of it all. # will thin! it over. tell me. +ha$ so my o&stinate little woman is o&liged to get someone to come to her rescue? Nora. or. But 9rogstad did nothing of that sort. 1@ . he got himself out of it &y a cunning tric!. as in so many cases. ora. 2any a man has &een a&le to retrieve his character. would you. But. He forged someone*s name. Helmer. "es. # am not so heartless as to condemn a man altogether &ecause of a single false step of that !ind. o. and that is why he has gone under altogether. Nora. and what sort of a dress # shall wear? Helmer. #sn*t it possi&le that he was driven to do it &y necessity? Helmer. was it really something very &ad that this 9rogstad was guilty of? Helmer.ach &reath the children ta!e in such a house is full of the germs of evil. How? Helmer. Because such an atmosphere of lies infects and poisons the whole life of a home. couldn*t you ta!e me in hand and decide what # shall go as. how he has to wear a mas! in the presence of those near and dear to him. even &efore his own wife and children. if he has openly confessed his fault and ta!en his punishment. Have you any idea what that means? Nora. Nora. &y imprudence. -unishment//? Helmer. Nora. we shall manage to hit upon something. Torvald? Helmer. Nora. "es.

Come. that is why # say he has lost all moral character. The little ones are &egging so hard to &e allowed to come in to mamma.--THE Christmas Tree is in the corner b the piano! stripped of its ornaments and &ith burnt-do&n candle-ends on its dishe#elled branches. that*s settled.] 2y precious little singing/&ird$ [He $oes into his room and shuts the door after him. A(T II [THE SA-E SCENE. no//it isn*t true. though naturally a &ad father*s would have the same result. [. #t can*t possi&ly &e true. what is this? Cive me your hand. # have often seen it in the course of my life as a lawyer. no$ )on*t let them come in to me$ "ou stay with them. She is alone in the room! &alkin$ about uneasil . and # must thin! a&out your costume. 'hy do you only say//mother? Helmer.] Nora [after a pause! &hispers] . # assure you it would &e %uite impossi&le for me to wor! with him. o. She stops b the sofa and takes up her cloak. )eprave my little children? -oison my home? [A short pause. Helmer [$ettin$ up and puttin$ his papers in order] .uts his hand on her head. +nne. [Shuts the door. come. 2y dear. Cive me your hand on it.] Nora [pale &ith terror] . "es. +re you sure of that? Helmer. no. #t*s impossi&le. too.Nora [comin$ nearer him]. Nora. +lmost everyone who has gone to the &ad early in life has had a deceitful mother. has &een persistently poisoning his own children with lies and dissimulation. #t seems most commonly to &e the mother*s influence. There now.] 6A . Nora. N'rse.very lawyer is familiar with the fact. Then she tosses her head.] That is why my sweet little ora must promise me not to plead his cause. o. 4ery well. and # must try and read through some of these &efore dinner. it must &e impossi&le. [The N4+SE opens the door on the left. ma*am.] N'rse. +nd it is 7ust possi&le # may have something ready in gold paper to hang up on the Tree. and # have such a lot to do. N*+A'S cloak and hat are l in$ on the sofa.] #t*s not true. # literally feel physically ill when # am in the company of such people. . [Holds out his hands to her. Nora [takes her hand out of his and $oes to the opposite side of the Christmas Tree]. now. How hot it is in here. This 9rogstad.

worse than that might happen. Someone is coming now$ [/oes to the door and listens. nothing in the letter&ox. But. it is impossi&le//# have three little children. # shall not &e a&le to &e so much with them now as # was &efore. it is %uite empty. "es.] 'hat ru&&ish$ of course he can*t &e in earnest a&out it. Such a thing couldn*t happen. # will go and get 2rs 3inde to come and help me with it. Nora.] N'rse. "ou see.] o//it is no one. But it is very much in want of mending. 'hat. Nora. )o you thin! so? )o you thin! they would forget their mother if she went away altogether? N'rse. &ut how could you &e willing to do it? 61 . Nora. [Enter the N4+SE from the room on the left! carr in$ a bi$ cardboard bo". 0h well. 0f course. Nora. put it on the ta&le. "es. Cood heavens$//went away altogether? Nora. nurse. The poor little souls are playing with their Christmas presents. out again? #n this horri&le weather? "ou will catch cold. 'ell. # should li!e to tear it into a hundred thousand pieces. &ut// Nora. +t last # have found the &ox with the fancy dress. they are so accustomed to have their mamma with them. o. )o they as! much for me? N'rse. and ma!e yourself ill. Nora. no one will come today. N'rse. How are the children? N'rse. # want you to tell me something # have often wondered a&out//how could you have the heart to put your own child out among strangers? N'rse. Than!s. Nora. N'rse. urse. N'rse. "es. # was o&liged to. young children easily get accustomed to anything. ma*am. Nora. perhaps//[opens the door and looks out]. N'rse [doin$ so]. if # wanted to &e little ora*s nurse. Christmas )ay//nor tomorrow either.Nora [drops her cloak]. [Comes for&ard. 'hat an idea$ #t can easily &e put in order//7ust a little patience. &ut.

who live a&ove us. Mrs Linde. 'e will easily put that right. [-akes a mo#ement to&ards the door! but stands irresolute. ma*am. #f only # could &e sure nothing would happen here in the meantime. 3oo!. )ear old +nne. you are going to !eep up the character. # see. Tomorrow evening there is to &e a fancy/dress &all at the Sten&orgs*. Torvald had it made for me there. out of my thoughts$ 0ne. 'hat. # am sure there will &e no one at the &all so charming as you. o. ow # must//. eedle and thread? ow then. four.] +h$ there is someone coming//. But # suppose your daughter has %uite forgotten you. There is no one else out there. Nora [puttin$ her arms round her neck]. N'rse. &ut now it is all so torn. two.] [Enter -rs 1inde from the hall! &here she has taken off her cloak and hat. Nora. 'hat lovely. N'rse. Torvald wants me to. and dance the Tarantella that # learned at Capri. Nora. #t is only some of the trimming come unsewn here and there. She wrote to me when she was confirmed. Nora. had no other mother &ut me. Nora. # am sure you would// 'hat nonsense # am tal!ing$ [*pens the bo". it*s you. that*s all we want. +nd if my little ones had no other mother. "es. poor dear.] Co in to them. when # was going to get such a good place &y it? + poor girl who has got into trou&le should &e glad to. # was passing &y. it is something you could help me with.] Nora [be$ins to unpack the bo"! but soon pushes it a&a from her]. "ou will see tomorrow how charming # shall loo!. # heard you were up as!ing for me. [/oes into the room on the left.N'rse. Christine. you were a good mother to me when # was little. and Torvald wants me to go as a eapolitan fisher/girl. # will &rush my muff. indeed she hasn*t. +s a matter of fact. Stuff and nonsense$ o one will come. N'rse. three. is there? How good of you to come$ Mrs Linde. 3et us sit down here on the sofa. #f only no one would come. 61 . and # haven*t any idea// Mrs Linde. six// [Screams. 3oo! here. five. "es. #f only # dared go out.] Nora. and when she was married. 3ittle ora. Besides. here is the dress. 0h. that wic!ed man didn*t do a single thing for me. 0nly # mustn*t thin! a&out it. lovely gloves$ 0ut of my thoughts.

# will tell you what//# shall come in for a moment and see you in your fine feathers. so naturally # gave up doing so. poor creature. +nd so do you. how do you !now anything a&out such things? Nora [&alkin$ about] . # don*t thin! yesterday was as pleasant as usual. His father was a horri&le man who committed all sorts of excesses. and they tal! a&out one thing and another. But # have completely forgotten to than! you for a delightful evening yesterday. But. He is Torvald*s most intimate friend. yesterday it was very noticea&le. #t is nice of you. )oes )octor :an! come here everyday? Nora. it seems to me.veryday regularly. as he says. who !now something of medical matters. ot in the least. my dearest ora. you get visits now and then from//from married women. So how could )octor :an!//? Nora. But # often tal! a&out such things with )octor :an!. and that is why his son was sic!ly from childhood. Torvald is so a&surdly fond of me that he wants me a&solutely to himself. &ut afterwards # noticed that your hus&and hadn*t the slightest idea who # was. But tell me this//is he perfectly sincere? # mean. Mrs Linde. he declared he had often heard my name mentioned in this house. Mrs Linde [se&in$]. But tell me. He is 7ust li!e one of the family. Nora [$ets up! and crosses the sta$e]. 66 . o. and a great friend of mine too. That is %uite right. Certainly Torvald does understand how to ma!e a house dainty and attractive. 'hat ma!es you thin! that? Mrs Linde. Christine. is )octor :an! always as depressed as he was yesterday? Nora. He has consumption of the spine. # must tell you that he suffers from a very dangerous disease. you are not your father*s daughter for nothing. Christine. 'hen you introduced him to me yesterday. -ooh$ 'hen you have three children. isn*t he the !ind of man that is very anxious to ma!e himself agreea&le? Nora. Mrs Linde [$oes on se&in$. 'ell. A short silence] . So you are going to &e dressed up tomorrow ora. do you understand? Mrs Linde [droppin$ her se&in$] . &ecause he li!es hearing a&out them. . "ou ought to have come to town a little earlier. Mrs Linde.Nora. +t first he used to seem almost 7ealous if # mentioned any of the dear fol! at home.

3et me tell you this//you ought to ma!e an end of it with )octor :an!. certainly not. #s )octor :an! a man of means? Nora. # told you so. # thin!. "esterday you tal!ed some nonsense a&out a rich admirer who was to leave you money// Nora. +n admirer who doesn*t exist. Mrs Linde. he had no money to lend then. no one. 3isten to me. he is. 0f two things. o. o. he came into his money afterwards. Besides. 'ell. +nd comes here everyday? Nora. 68 . +nd has no one to provide for? Nora. +lthough # am %uite sure that if # had as!ed him// Mrs Linde. unfortunately$ But what then? Mrs Linde. and # am older than you in many ways and have a little more experience. Mrs Linde. But of course you won*t. ora. "es. Mrs Linde. "es. ora. # don*t understand you at all. But how can this well/&red man &e so tactless? Nora. +re you out of your senses? How can you thin! of such a thing$ + friend of ours.Mrs Linde. Nora. 'hat ought # to ma!e an end of? Mrs Linde. )on*t prevaricate. # thin! that was luc!y for you. "ou are still very li!e a child in many things. my dear ora. #t would never have entered into my head for a moment. Then it really isn*t he? Nora. o. )o you suppose # don*t guess who lent you the two hundred and fifty pounds? Nora. it would never have come into my head to as! )octor :an!. Nora. who comes here everyday$ )o you realise what a horri&ly painful position that would &e? Mrs Linde. &ut// Mrs Linde. Mrs Linde.

you are concealing something from me.] Hush$ there*s Torvald come home. )o # loo! as if # were? Mrs Linde. + man can put a thing li!e that straight much easier than a woman// Mrs Linde. Behind your hus&and*s &ac!? Nora. Mrs Linde [$atherin$ some of the thin$s to$ether]. Nora. now? 6. Nora. "ou will see # shall loo! %uite smart. But # am %uite sure that if # told )octor :an!// Mrs Linde. she is helping me to put my dress in order. onsense$ [Standin$ still. 0ne*s hus&and. Mrs Linde. it was Christine. &ut// Nora [&alkin$ up and do&n]. Helmer. as a matter of course. Something has happened to you since yesterday morning. Nora. o.Nora.] Nora [$oin$ up to HE1-E+] . 0f course not. 'as that the dressma!er? Nora. Torvald dear. # must ma!e an end of it with the other one. . yes. )o you mind going in to the children for the present? Torvald can*t &ear to see dressma!ing going on. +nd can tear it into a hundred thousand pieces. don*t you? Mrs Linde. Helmer. 'asn*t that a happy thought of mine.] 'hen you pay off a de&t you get your &ond &ac!. Certainly // &ut # am not going away from here until we have had it out with one another. and &urn it up//the nasty dirty paper$ Mrs Linde [looks hard at her! la s do&n her se&in$ and $ets up slo&l ] . # must ma!e an end of it with him. Christine$ [1istens. ora. # have wanted you so much. # have no reason to thin! it could possi&ly &e necessary. that is what # told you yesterday. "es. and that will &e &ehind his &ac! too. ora. "es. what is it? Nora [$oin$ nearer to her] . [She $oes into the room on the left! as HE1-E+ comes in from the hall. 3et +nne help you.

Nora. "our s!ylar! would chirp a&out in every room.Nora. ora//you surely don*t mean that re%uest you made to me this morning? Nora [$oin$ near him] . [Sho&s her a bundle of papers. &ut you could 7ust as well dismiss some other cler! instead of 9rogstad. Helmer. "es. well. But # am not going to distur& you. Torvald. it is his post that # have arranged 2rs 3inde shall have. Helmer. # am sure you did not mean it in that way. Helmer. "es. Nora. # suppose you are going to wor!. "es. you must let 9rogstad !eep his post in the &an!. very prettily//? Helmer. Torvald. first. Helmer. # expect.] 3oo! at that. # have 7ust &een into the &an!. you will want to &e trying on your dress. [Turns to $o into his room.] Nora. #f your little s%uirrel were to as! you for something very. "es. # &eg you so earnestly// Helmer. ice?//&ecause you do as your hus&and wishes? 'ell. Nora. my s!ylar! does that anyhow. Nora. Splendid$ But don*t you thin! it is nice of me. "es. 6< . and do what she wants. 'ell. to do as you wish? Helmer. you little rogue. 'hat then? Nora. Torvald. you must do as # as!. Have you really the courage to open up that %uestion again? Nora. Nora. with her song rising and falling// Helmer. # should li!e to hear what it is. 'ould you do it? Helmer. Nora. Spea! plainly. # would play the fairy and dance for you in the moonlight. dear. "our s%uirrel would run a&out and do all her tric!s if you would &e nice. 2y dear ora. Helmer. you have &een awfully !ind a&out that. too.

Nora. # understand. "our father*s reputation as a pu&lic official was not a&ove suspicion. 0f course$//if only this o&stinate little person can get her way$ )o you suppose # am going to ma!e myself ridiculous &efore my whole staff. He can do you an unspea!a&le amount of harm. it is recollections of the past that scare you. you have told me so yourself. there is one thing that ma!es it %uite impossi&le for me to have 9rogstad in the Ban! as long as # am manager. #t is for your own sa!e. That isn*t the reason. if necessary// Nora. there is an important difference &etween your father and me. +nd what if it did? Helmer. you could//couldn*t you? Helmer. # may as well tell 6= . # am frightened to death of him// Helmer. 'e ought to &e so well off. of course. #s it to get a&out now that the new manager has changed his mind at his wife*s &idding// Nora. "es//yes. and how horri&ly they slandered him. so snug and happy here in our peaceful home. +h. 'hat do you mean? Helmer. "ou never can tell what mischief these men may contrive. (ust recall to your mind what these malicious creatures wrote in the papers a&out papa. Helmer. Nora. too. Nora. "es. But # !new him when we were &oys. # &elieve they would have procured his dismissal if the )epartment had not sent you over to in%uire into it. 2ine is. 2y little ora. This is simply incredi&le o&stinacy$ Because you chose to give him a thoughtless promise that you would spea! for him. # am expected to// Nora. to let people thin! that # am a man to &e swayed &y all sorts of outside influence? # should very soon feel the conse%uences of it. 'hatever is that? Helmer. and have no cares//you and # and the children. Nora. Torvald$ That is why # &eg you so earnestly// Helmer. This fellow writes in the most scurrilous newspapers. #t is already !nown at the Ban! that # mean to dismiss 9rogstad. as long as # hold my office. Torvald.Helmer. and if you had not &een so !indly disposed and helpful to him. +nd # hear he is a good wor!er. # can tell you$ +nd &esides. His moral failings # might perhaps have overloo!ed. #t was one of those rash friendships that so often prove an incu&us in afterlife. and # hope it will continue to &e so. aturally you are thin!ing of your father. +nd it is 7ust &y interceding for him that you ma!e it impossi&le for me to !eep him.

it*s too late. But this tactless fellow lays no restraint on himself when other people are present. Maid. #t is. o. he thin!s it gives him the right to adopt a familiar tone with me. ta!e this letter and go downstairs with it at once.you plainly. 5ind a messenger and tell him to deliver it. #t*s the same thing. Call her &ac!. Settle it. old fellow$> and that sort of thing. Helmer. Torvald. [Takes her in his arms. Helmer. Torvald? Call her &ac!$ "ou don*t !now what that letter can &ring upon us. )on*t you? 'hy not? Nora. ow then. "ou say my point of view is narrow/ minded.] Helen$ Nora. The address is on it. 9rogstad*s dismissal. He would ma!e my position in the Ban! intolera&le. # can forgive the anxiety you are in. 'hat are you saying? arrow/minded? )o you thin! # am narrow/minded? Nora. 2y dear ora. sir. Helmer. call her &ac!$ )o it for my sa!e//for your own sa!e//for the children*s sa!e$ )o you hear me. and &e %uic!. Nora. Nora [breathlessl ] . 7ust the opposite. Nora. although really it is an insult to me. [Enter -A'. Helmer. Because it is such a narrow/minded way of loo!ing at things. so # must &e so too. [/oes to the hall door and calls. my own darling ora. 'hat are you going to do? Helmer [lookin$ amon$ his papers] . #sn*t it an insult to thin! that # should &e afraid of a starving %uill/driver*s vengeance? But # forgive you nevertheless. 6? . arrow/minded$ 4ery well//# must put an end to this. we were once on very intimate terms with one another. Torvald$ There is still time. "es. indeed. 0n the contrary. Helmer.] +nd that is as it should &e. &ecause it is such elo%uent witness to your great love for me. Helmer. little 2iss 0&stinate.] 3oo! here. #t*s too late. 4ery well. and every minute it is ># say. # assure you it is extremely painful for me. Nora.] Helmer [puttin$ his papers to$ether] . Torvald//what was that letter? Helmer.. 0h Torvald. dear//and it is exactly for that reason. and here is the money. # don*t &elieve you mean that. [E"it &ith the letter.

tell him where he will find me. # say// Nora [reco#erin$ herself]. some way out of it$ [The door-bell rin$s.urin$ the follo&in$ dialo$ue it be$ins to $ro& dark. That is how it shall &e. never$ +nything rather than that$ 0h. )octor :an!. +nd you? Nora [brin$s him in and shuts the door after him]. Rank. "ou will never have to do that. [Caressin$ her. Cood day.// o.] +nd when :an! comes. not that$ ever. Nora. "ou will see # am man enough to ta!e everything upon myself.] )octor :an!$ +nything rather than that//anything. But you mustn*t go in to Torvald now. Helmer. . 0h. Nora [$rippin$ him b the arm]. you can ma!e as much noise as you please. you may &e sure # shall have &oth courage and strength if they &e needed. He will do it. . you !now very well # always have time for you. we will share it. does that alarm you? Nora. 'ell. you must tell me. But # certainly didn*t expect it to happen so soon. +AN5 is standin$ &ithout! han$in$ up his coat. and # shall hear nothing. 'hat do you mean &y that? Helmer. othing &ut what # have long &een prepared for. 'hat have you found out? )octor :an!. That*s right. # shall go into the inner office and shut the door. # !new your ring. you must go and play through the Tarantella and practise with your tam&ourine. whatever it is$ [She puts her hands o#er her face! pulls herself to$ether! $oes to the door and opens it.] +re you content now? There$ There$//not these frightened dove*s eyes$ The whole thing is only the wildest fancy$// ow. Than! you. #s anything li!ely to happen? Rank. Rank. # thin! he is &usy with something.Come what will. Nora [in a horror-stricken #oice] . ora.] Nora.verything. [Nods to her! takes his papers and $oes into his room! and shuts the door after him. [Turns back at the door. as man and wife should. 'hat do you mean &y that? +s much of it as you can? Rank. He will do it in spite of everything. for some help. 'ell. He was capa&le of doing it. # shall ma!e use of as much of it as # can. 6@ .] Nora [be&ildered &ith an"iet ! stands as if rooted to the spot! and &hispers]. #t was such a strange way of putting it.

ot on any account. Rank. Nora. 0ysters. 0h. 'ith death stal!ing &eside me?//To have to pay this penalty for another man*s sin? #s there any 7ustice in that? +nd in every single family. The thing itself is cursedly ugly. # won*t have him there. #s it a&out yourself? Rank. # shall send you my card with a &lac! cross on it. +nd heaps of port and champagne. some such inexora&le retri&ution is &eing exacted// Nora [puttin$ her hands o#er her ears] . don*t you? Rank. 'hat an ugly thing to say$ Rank. 'ho else? #t is no use lying to one*s self. +nd oysters too. and the worst of it is that # shall have to face so much more that is ugly &efore that. # &ar my door to him. and to truffles. #t is sad that all these nice things should ta!e their revenge on our &ones. 3ately # have &een ta!ing stoc! of my internal economy. #t is all up with me. Helmer*s refined nature gives him an uncon%uera&le disgust at everything that is ugly. of course. Nora. Nora [sittin$ at the table on the left]. Nora. "ou are %uite a&surd today. 8A .Rank [sittin$ do&n b the sto#e]. yes. # am the most wretched of all my patients. it*s a mere laughing matter. +nd it can*t &e helped. Rank. # suppose? Rank. 2y poor innocent spine has to suffer for my father*s youthful amusements. +s soon as # am %uite certain that the worst has come. &ut. # shall !now pretty certainly when it will &e that the horrors of dissolution will &egin. in one way or another. and then you will !now that the loathsome end has &egun. # won*t have him in my sic!/ room. Nora. the whole thing. There is something # want to tell you. "es. Ban!rupt$ -ro&a&ly within a month # shall lie rotting in the churchyard. +nd # wanted you so much to &e in a really good humour. )octor :an!// Rank. Truffles. Nora [&ith a si$h of relief]. # shall only ma!e one more examination of myself. 0h. :u&&ish$ )o tal! of something cheerful. that goes without saying. Nora. 2rs Helmer. when # have done that. # suppose you mean that he was too partial to asparagus and pate de foie gras.

Rank. .specially that they should revenge themselves on the unluc!y &ones of those who have not had the satisfaction of en7oying them. Nora. "es, that*s the saddest part of it all. Rank [&ith a searchin$ look at her]. Hm$// Nora [after a short pause] . 'hy did you smile? Rank. o, it was you that laughed. Nora. o, it was you that smiled, )octor :an!$ Rank [risin$]. "ou are a greater rascal than # thought. Nora. # am in a silly mood today. Rank. So it seems. Nora [puttin$ her hands on his shoulders] . )ear, dear )octor :an!, death mustn*t ta!e you away from Torvald and me. Rank. #t is a loss you would easily recover from. Those who are gone are soon forgotten. Nora [lookin$ at him an"iousl ] . )o you &elieve that? Rank. -eople form new ties, and then// Nora. 'ho will form new ties? Rank. Both you and Helmer, when # am gone. "ou yourself are already on the high road to it, # thin!. 'hat did that 2rs 3inde want here last night? Nora. 0ho$//you don*t mean to say you are 7ealous of poor Christine? Rank. "es, # am. She will &e my successor in this house. 'hen # am done for, this woman will// Nora. Hush$ don*t spea! so loud. She is in that room. Rank. Today again. There, you see. Nora. She has only come to sew my dress for me. Bless my soul, how unreasona&le you are$ [Sits do&n on the sofa.] Be nice now, )octor :an!, and tomorrow you will see how &eautifully # shall dance, and you can imagine # am doing it all for you//and for Torvald

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Rank. Rank. Nora. "es. 0h. # really don*t need any help at all.] 88 . +fter what happened? Rank. But perhaps # had &etter go//for ever? Nora. "es. # have often thought that you would almost as soon &e in my company as in Helmer*s. &ecause they never moralised at all. Rank. Nora. # never meant that at all. at all events you !now now that you can command me. of course # loved papa &est. 0h. 3et me have permission to do for you whatever a man may do. 'ell. #t is 7ust that. 0f course you must come here 7ust as &efore. 'hen # was at home.Nora. that put me on the wrong trac!. But surely you can understand that &eing with Torvald is a little li!e &eing with papa// [Enter -A'. So won*t you spea! out? Nora [lookin$ at him] . Rank. Nora [)umpin$ up and $oin$ to him] . )octor :an!$ 'e were getting on so nicely. # see//it is their place # have ta!en. dear. &ody and soul. how do # !now whether # had or whether # hadn*t? # really can*t tell you//To thin! you could &e so clumsy. "es//you see there are some people one loves &est. indeed. "ou are a riddle to me. &ut you? Nora. "ou can do nothing for me now. nice )octor :an!. from the hall. But # always thought it tremendous fun if # could steal down into the maids* room. you shall not. Rank. there is something in that.] "ou are a nice sort of man. "ou !now very well Torvald can*t do without you. o. and others whom one would almost always rather have as companions. 0h. # can*t tell you anything now. and tal!ed to each other a&out such entertaining things. now the lamp has come? Rank. # am always tremendously pleased when you come. "es. ot a &it. Nora. Rank. # &eg you to let me !now what it is. Besides. yes. )octor :an!$//don*t you feel ashamed of yourself. "ou will find that the whole thing is merely fancy on my part. Nora. #t really is so//of course it is$ [Sits do&n in the rockin$-chair! and looks at him &ith a smile. "ou mustn*t punish me in that way.

ma*am. Helen. and shuts it after him. Nora. "es. let him come in//&ut %uietly.]. # %uite understand. Nora. [E"it. no. 8. o. "es.] Nora [to the -A'. He won*t go away? Maid. opens the hall door for 5+*/STA. (ust go in to him. Nora. #t is a surprise for my hus&and.] Nora.] Rank. &ut it was no good. o. no. This dreadful thing is going to happen$ #t will happen in spite of me$ o. he came up the &ac! stairs. you mustn*t say anything a&out it to anyone.Maid. But didn*t you tell him no one was in? Maid. [/oes into HE1-E+'S room. He is &earin$ a fur coat! hi$h boots and a fur cap. he is sitting in the inner room. he says he won*t until he has seen you. The -A'. that one. Spea! low//my hus&and is at home. no.] Nora [ad#ancin$ to&ards him] . # won*t let him escape. .uts it in her pocket. 0ho$ Then that was the great secret. ma*am.] Nora [$lancin$ at the card] . #t is only something//it is my new dress// Rank. yes. Torvald mustn*t !now a&out it// Rank. #s there anything wrong? Nora. +nd he is standing waiting in the !itchen? Maid. 'ell. 9eep him as long as// Rank. 2a!e your mind easy. &ut this is another. o matter a&out that. "es. # ordered it. 0f course. #f you please. Maid. Nora. not in the least. ma*am. 0h$ [. 'hat? "our dress is lying there. %ro&s$ad. Nora. 0h. it can*t happen//it shan*t happen$ [She bolts the door of HE1-E+'S room. [2hispers and hands her a card.

than you had yesterday. # only wanted to tell you that you need not ta!e this matter too seriously. # fought as hard as # could on your side. #n the first place there will &e no accusation made on my part. of course not. &ut it was no good. then. 2ore than you could ever teach me. %ro&s$ad. thin! of my little children. a %uill/driver. 'hat do you want of me? %ro&s$ad. )oes your hus&and love you so little. 9rogstad. %ro&s$ad. 2rs Helmer. you !now. then? He !nows what # can expose you to.Nora. Nora. The whole thing can &e arranged amica&ly. 2a!e haste then. 2r. 9rogstad. Nora. that # have got my dismissal. %ro&s$ad. "ou !now. %ro&s$ad. a little respect for my hus&and. Nora. Have you and your hus&and thought of mine? But never mind a&out that. Nora. 8< . there is no reason why anyone should !now anything a&out it. But since you have !ept the matter so carefully to yourself. and yet he ventures// Nora. # ma!e &old to suppose that you have a little clearer idea. Nora. 2r. such a &ad lawyer as # am. #t would not &e the least li!e our dear Torvald Helmer to show so much courage// Nora. # suppose. Show it. 'hat is it you want of me? %ro&s$ad. %ro&s$ad. a//well. # was sure of that. Certainly//all the respect he deserves. # couldn*t prevent it. "es. 'hat is it? %ro&s$ad. 0nly to see how you were. a man li!e me//even he has a little of what is called feeling. # didn*t suppose so at all. of what it actually is that you have done? Nora. o. please. # have &een thin!ing a&out you all day long. How can you suppose that he has any !nowledge of the sort? %ro&s$ad. + mere cashier. #t will remain a secret &etween us three. +n explanation of something.

%ro&s$ad. it would have &een a great piece of folly. # have a letter for your hus&and in my poc!et. o one who is not concerned in the matter shall have the slightest hint of it. #f you stood there with ever so much money in your hand. o. isn*t it//you hadn*t the courage either? Nora. %ro&s$ad. So that if the thought of it has driven you to any desperate resolution// Nora.Nora. Nora. that*s it. %ro&s$ad. How did you !now # had thought of that? %ro&s$ad. Nora. o more had #. 2ost of us thin! of that at first. # haven*t//# haven*t. too//&ut # hadn*t the courage. %ro&s$ad. # had. # did. %ro&s$ad [in a tone of relief] . %ro&s$ad. # would never part with your &ond. 2y hus&and must never get to !now anything a&out it. in any case. %ro&s$ad. 0r even something worse// Nora. #t has. Nora [faintl ]. Nora. #f you had it in your mind to run away from your home// Nora. o. How could you !now that? %ro&s$ad. 0r perhaps that you have some expedient for raising the money soon? Nora. Tell me what purpose you mean to put it to. Telling him everything? 8= . 0nce the first storm at home is over//. not 7ust at present. o expedient that # mean to ma!e use of. it would have &een of no use to you now. 'ell. # shall only preserve it//!eep it in my possession. Cive up the idea. o. %ro&s$ad. Besides. How will you &e a&le to prevent it? +m # to understand that you can pay the &alance that is owing? Nora.

# am not spea!ing of what # owe you. %ro&s$ad. then? %ro&s$ad. # want to get on. you will see. 2rs Helmer. then you will see$ 'ithin a year # shall &e the manager*s right hand. and # am not going to &e satisfied with merely &eing ta!en into favour again. # have courage enough for it now. Tear it up. all horri&le and unrecognisa&le. and # will get the money. -eople don*t do such things. . 'hat do you want. "our hus&and must ma!e a place for me// Nora. # am not as!ing your hus&and for a penny. Besides. he dare not protest. you can*t frighten me. in a higher position. Nora [0uickl ] . Nora. %ro&s$ad. # !now him. #n as lenient a manner as # possi&ly could. in the spring. with your hair fallen out// Nora. 8? . 2rs Helmer. perhaps? )own into the cold. ow # am turned out. and in that your hus&and must help me.xcuse me. Nora. # want to get on. &ut # thin! # told you 7ust now// Nora. or you me. "ou can*t frighten me. spoilt lady li!e you// Nora. 5or the last year and a half # have not had a hand in anything dishonoura&le. # tell you. 0h. coal/&lac! water? +nd then. Tell me what sum you are as!ing my hus&and for. to float up to the surface.%ro&s$ad. what use would it &e? # should have him completely in my power all the same. He will. He mustn*t get the letter. + fine. # want to get into the Ban! again. # will tell you. That*s a thing you will never see$ %ro&s$ad. 2rs Helmer. # will find some means of getting money. #t will &e ils 9rogstad and not Torvald Helmer who manages the Ban!. %ro&s$ad. That he will never do$ %ro&s$ad. amid all that time # have &een struggling in most restricted circumstances. # want to reha&ilitate myself. +nd as soon as # am in there again with him. # was content to wor! my way up step &y step. %ro&s$ad. %ro&s$ad. "ou will see. )o you mean that you will//? Nora. Hnder the ice.

'hat is the matter with you? "ou loo! so agitated$ Nora.] There it lies//Torvald. there is no hope for us now$ [-rs 1inde comes in from the room on the left! carr in$ the dress. [Steals across to the hall door. and now Torvald will !now all a&out it. 'ould you li!e to try it on//? Nora [in a hoarse &hisper]. ora//it was 9rogstad who lent you the money$ Nora. # only want to say this to you. # shall expect a message from him. He is not putting the letter in the &ox. no$ that*s impossi&le$ [*pens the door b de$rees. # will never forgive him for that. # forged a name. Torvald. 'hen Helmer has had my letter. #s he hesitating? Can he//? [A letter drops into the bo"( then 5+*/STA.] Nora. Nora. Christine//you must &e my witness. That letter is from 9rogstad. N*+A utters a stifled cr ! and runs across the room to the table b the sofa. "es. come here. 2rs Helmer.] Nora [$oes to the hall door! opens it sli$htl and listens. Mrs Linde. Mrs Linde. Cood&ye. There. Have you forgotten that it is # who have the !eeping of your reputation? [N*+A stands speechlessl lookin$ at him. "es. +nd &e sure you remem&er that it is your hus&and himself who has forced me into such ways as this again. Come here. Mrs Linde. [E"it throu$h the hall. loo!//you can see it through the glass in the letter/&ox.] Mrs Linde. #n the letter/&ox. Mrs Linde. He is not going downstairs. A short pause. +fterwards? 'hen # am no longer// %ro&s$ad. # have warned you.] 'ell. 8@ . "ou don*t !now all.] He is going. )o you see that letter? There. 0h no. # see it. Believe me. that*s the &est thing for &oth of you. now. Nora. Cood heavens//$ Nora. )o not do anything foolish.] 'hat is that? He is standing outside. Mrs Linde [thro&in$ the dress do&n on the sofa] .'S footsteps are heard! until the die a&a as he $oes do&nstairs.Nora. Christine. # can*t see anything more to mend now. ora.

# am in my right senses now. Mrs Linde. But the letter. Christine. #. # will. Nora. the letter//$ Helmer [calls from his room! knockin$ at the door] . "es. 0r if anything else should happen to me//anything. He? Mrs Linde. +nd if it should happen that there were some one who wanted to ta!e all the responsi&ility. a wonderful thing$//But it is so terri&le. and # tell you no one else has !nown anything a&out it. Mrs Linde. Mrs Linde. ora$ Nora. Nora. # am not out of my mind at all. here is his card. ora$ ora [cries out an"iousl ] . and # alone. There was a time when he would gladly do anything for my sa!e. + wonderful thing? Nora.A . that it is not true. yes//&ut how can you suppose//? Nora. Nora. indeed. that might prevent my &eing here// Mrs Linde. "es. How should # !now//? "es [feelin$ in her pocket] . # will go at once and see 9rogstad. he will do you some harm. :emem&er that.Mrs Linde. #f # should go out of my mind//and it might easily happen// Mrs Linde. 0h. 'here does he live? Nora. Nora. not for all the world. ora$ ora$ you are %uite out of your mind. all the &lame. How should you understand it? + wonderful thing is going to happen$ Mrs Linde. you understand// Mrs Linde. )on*t go to him. did the whole thing. it mustn*t happen. Then you must &e my witness. Christine. But # don*t understand all this. "our witness? 'hat do you mean? 'hat am # to//? Nora. for instance. what*s that? 'hat do you want? .

But. Torvald. # have not practised at all. o. :an!. Have you &een practising too much? Nora. my dear ora. "ou must delay him. :an! led me to expect a splendid transformation. you have loc!ed the door. Torvald. Torvald$ Helmer [from the inner room] . that*s it. Co in to him in the meantime.Helmer. Helmer. # have a&solutely forgotten the whole thing. # loo! so nice. Mrs Linde [&ho has read the card]. 0h. "es. [She $oes out hurriedl throu$h the hall door. indeed # shall. The letter is lying there in the &ox. "es. "es. Helmer. always. But you will need to// Nora. )on*t &e so frightened. Nora. Rank [in the door&a ] . now you will see// [Haltin$ in the door&a . you loo! so worn out. But it is 7ust at this time that Torvald generally// Mrs Linde. . we will soon wor! it up again. Nora. # will come &ac! as soon as # can. "es. dear? Helmer. 'ell? 2ay # venture at last to come into my own room again? Come along. no&ody is to have the chance of admiring me in my dress until tomorrow. &ut evidently # was mista!en. 9rogstad must as! for his letter &ac! unread. +nd your hus&and !eeps the !ey? Nora. Mrs Linde. 'e are not coming in. Mrs Linde.] Nora [$oes to HE1-E+'S door! opens it and peeps in]. 'hat is what.] But what is this? Nora. Helmer. # understood so. &ut it*s no use. +re you trying on your dress? Nora. # see he lives at the corner here. #t is hopeless. But # can*t get on a &it without you to help me. "es. he must find some pretence// Nora.1 .

-romise that you will$ # am so nervous a&out it//all the people//.] Nora. Torvald. 'ill you promise. Sit down and play for me.] +ha$ Nora. Helmer.1 . o. # can*t dance tomorrow if # don*t practise with you. +AN5 stands b the piano behind HE1-E+! and looks on. 'ell. 'ith great pleasure. . "es. ow play for me$ # am going to dance$ [HE1-E+ pla s and N*+A dances. "es. &y the way. Torvald dear. o. there is time now. dear? Nora.Nora. # can*t do it any other way. Helmer [$oin$ up to her]. Torvald$ Helmer. Nora. ot so violently. There is nothing there. you helpless little mortal. let me loo!. 3et me practise at once. 'hy not? Nora. Torvald dear? Helmer. Then she sprin$s to the front of the sta$e and calls out] . no$ don*t do that. please don*t. if you wish me to. HE1-E+ stops in the door&a . Helmer. 'hat are you going to do there? Helmer.] Nora [takes out of the bo" a tambourine and a lon$ #arie$ated sha&l. N*+A! at the piano! pla s the first bars of the Tarantella. +h. [Sits do&n at the piano. [Turns to $o to the letter-bo". ot the tiniest &it of &usiness//you mustn*t even ta!e a pen in your hand. This evening # will &e wholly and a&solutely at your service. She hastil drapes the sha&l round her.] Helmer [as he pla s] . no//that is not a &it right. Torvald. 0nly see if any letters have come. criticise me. Helmer [stops pla in$]. Slower. This is the way. "ou must give yourself up to me entirely this evening. first of all # will 7ust// [/oes to&ards the hall door. help me. # promise. &efore we go to dinner. ora$ Nora. so dreadfully afraid of it. Helmer. slower$ Nora. +re you really so afraid of it. and correct me as you play.

6 . "es. Enter -rs 1inde. Helmer [$ettin$ up] .] Mrs Linde [standin$ as if spell-bound in the door&a ]. Christine$ Helmer. you are still afraid of that fellow// Nora. either today or tomorrow. So it does. "ou must coach me up to the last minute. -romise me that. "ou can depend on me. "ou mustn*t contradict her. HE1-E+ $oes up to her. :an!. you are dancing as if your life depended on it. Stop. you mustn*t open a single letter//not even open the letter/&ox// Helmer. othing horrid must come &etween us until this is all over. Nora. [+AN5 sits do&n at the piano and pla s. "es. this is sheer madness. N*+A dances more and more &ildl . Such fun. HE1-E+ has taken up a position beside the sto#e! and durin$ her dance $i#es her fre0uent instructions. do. )idn*t # tell you so? Rank. Rank [&hispers to HE1-E+] . +h. Nora. 0h$// Nora [as she dances]. . Nora. "ou have forgotten everything # taught you. you see. # can correct her &etter then. She does not seem to hear him( her hair comes do&n and falls o#er her shoulders( she pa s no attention to it! but $oes on dancin$. # can tell from your loo!s that there is a letter from him lying there. 3et me play for her.Nora [lau$hin$ and s&in$in$ the tambourine]. Nora [thro&in$ a&a the tambourine] . There. ora. 2y dear darling ora. Helmer. Torvald$ Helmer. Stop. Nora. Helmer. &ut you must not read anything of that !ind now.] # could never have &elieved it. "ou will want a lot of coaching. indeed # am. you see how much # need it. # don*t !now. "es. # tell you$ [+AN5 stops pla in$! and N*+A suddenl stands still. # thin! there is. "ou must not thin! of anything &ut me. Helmer.

you must prevent nothing. +fter all. don*t &e so wild and nervous. 4ery good. Nora.8 . Helmer. Be my own little s!ylar!. Hullo$//are we going to have a &an%uet? Nora. # suppose there is nothing//she is not expecting anything? Helmer. after you have danced// Nora. # will come in a moment. Christine.xit. as you used. "ou should have let it alone. Mrs Linde.] 5ive o*cloc!. # could tell from your face. it is splendid to &e waiting for a wonderful thing to happen.] +nd a few macaroons. Then you will &e free. Twenty/four and seven? Thirty/one hours to live. But go in now and you too. "es. Rank [&hispers to HE1-E+ as the $o out]. [The -A'. [Calls out. dear. Come. He is coming home tomorrow evening. # will. Then the Tarantella will &e over. The child shall have her way. ma*am. Maid. 0h. Mrs Linde. Helen. come. Then she looks at her &atch. Nora.] Maid. . "es. But tomorrow night. and then four/and/ twenty hours until the next midnight. you wouldn*t understand.] Nora. # wrote a note for him. it is simply nothing more than this childish nervousness # was telling you of. [The $o into the ri$ht-hand room. 7ust for once$ Helmer. Cone out of town. Helen//lots. 5ar from it. Nora. 'hat is it that you are waiting for? Nora. my dear fellow. a champagne &an%uet until the small hours.Helmer [takin$ her in his arms] . 'ell$ Mrs Linde. )inner is served. 'e will have champagne. ma*am. N*+A stands still for a little &hile! as if to compose herself. [-rs 1inde $oes into the dinin$-room. Co in to them. appears in the door&a to the ri$ht. you must help me to do up my hair. Seven hours until midnight. Nora. )octor :an!. G.

ot yet//and the time is nearly up. . %ro&s$ad. we are %uite alone. 'e have a great deal to tal! a&out. Can we two have anything to tal! a&out? Mrs Linde. #t is a&solutely necessary that # should have a tal! with you. :eally? +nd is it a&solutely necessary that it should &e here? Mrs Linde. let us have a tal!. there he is. "es. +re the Helmers really at a dance tonight? Mrs Linde. E#er no& and then she listens intentl for a sound at the outer door. why not? %ro&s$ad. ow. There is no one here. A lamp is burnin$ on the table. there is no private entrance to my rooms. 1i$ht footsteps are heard on the stairs. # found a note from you at home.Helmer [from the door&a on the ri$ht]. . #f only he does not//. Come in. %ro&s$ad [in the door&a ]. o. The door into the hall stands open. %ro&s$ad. # shouldn*t have thought so.--The table has been placed in the middle of the sta$e! &ith chairs around it.ance music is heard in the room abo#e. 'hat does this mean? Mrs Linde.] Come in. She &hispers. and the Helmers are at the dance upstairs.. [/oes into the hall and opens the outer door carefull . [1istens a$ain. %ro&s$ad [comin$ into the room] . #t is impossi&le where # live. Here she is$ A(T III [THE SA-E SCENE.] Mrs Linde [lookin$ at her &atch] . %ro&s$ad. Mrs Linde. -rs 1inde is sittin$ at the table idl turnin$ o#er the lea#es of a book( she tries to read! but does not seem able to collect her thou$hts. 'as there anything else to understand except what was o&vious to all the world//a heartless woman 7ilts a man when a more lucrative chance turns up? . ils. you have never properly understood me. %ro&s$ad. 'here*s my little s!ylar!? Nora [$oin$ to him &ith her arms outstretched]. Certainly//why not? Mrs Linde.] +h. The maid is asleep.

%ro&s$ad. 'hen # lost you. it was as if all the solid ground went from under my feet. )o you &elieve # am as a&solutely heartless as all that? +nd do you &elieve that # did it with a light heart? %ro&s$ad. %ro&s$ad. But help may &e near. 'e couldn*t wait for you. Mrs Linde. That may &e so. why did you write to me as you did at the time? Mrs Linde. ils. 0h. 2any a time did # as! myself if # had the right to do it. So that was it. %ro&s$ad. your prospects seemed hopeless then. Mrs Linde. )idn*t you? Mrs Linde. &itter necessity have taught me that. #f it were as you say. if you say so. +nd life has taught me not to &elieve in fine speeches. &ecause that would not &enefit you in the least. # &elieve you. Mrs Linde. &ut you had no right to throw me over for anyone else*s sa!e. %ro&s$ad. #t was only today that # learned it was your place # was going to ta!e in the Ban!. &ut then you came and stood in my way. %ro&s$ad [more $entl ] . &enefit. and hard. ils. Hnintentionally. #t was near. 3oo! at me now//# am a shipwrec!ed man clinging to a &it of wrec!age. are you not going to give it up to me? Mrs Linde. did you really thin! that? %ro&s$ad. %ro&s$ad [&rin$in$ his hands] .Mrs Linde. "ou must not forget that # had a helpless mother and two little &rothers. #ndeed # don*t !now. ils. 3ife. +nd all this//only for the sa!e of money$ Mrs Linde. # have learned to act prudently. +s # had to &rea! with you. o.< . it was my duty also to put an end to all that you felt for me. %ro&s$ad. But deeds you must &elieve in? . But now that you !now it. Mrs Linde. # could do nothing else. Mrs Linde. &enefit//# would have done it whether or no. Then life has taught you something very reasona&le.

# have wor!ed. no one to care for. 'hat do you suppose &rought me to town? %ro&s$ad. # don*t trust that. Mrs Linde. %ro&s$ad. %ro&s$ad. 'hat do you mean &y that? Mrs Linde. Have you ever noticed anything of the sort in me? %ro&s$ad. But now # am %uite alone in the world//my life is so dreadfully empty and # feel so forsa!en. as long as # can remem&er. give me someone and something to wor! for. #t is nothing &ut a woman*s overstrained sense of generosity that prompts you to ma!e such an offer of yourself. how would it &e if we two shipwrec!ed people could 7oin forces? %ro&s$ad. 'ell. "ou seemed to me to imply that with me you might have &een %uite another man. Could you really do it? Tell me//do you !now all a&out my past life? Mrs Linde. %ro&s$ad. There is not the least pleasure in wor!ing for one*s self. #t was your own choice. %ro&s$ad. ils. and it has &een my greatest and only pleasure. 'ell.. Mrs Linde. Two on the same piece of wrec!age would stand a &etter chance than each on their own. %ro&s$ad. Mrs Linde. what now? Mrs Linde. Christine #. . # could not endure life without wor!. %ro&s$ad.= . "es. "ou said you were li!e a shipwrec!ed man clinging to some wrec!age. There was no other choice//then. 'hat are you saying? Mrs Linde. +nd do you !now what they thin! of me here? Mrs Linde. # had good reason to say so. # am li!e a shipwrec!ed woman clinging to some wrec!age//no one to mourn for. )o you mean that you gave me a thought? Mrs Linde. Mrs Linde. +ll my life. ils..%ro&s$ad.

# am certain of it.%ro&s$ad. are you saying this deli&erately? "es. &ut # forgot// Mrs Linde [listenin$]. than!s. Mrs Linde. # !now all a&out that. Christine. But it is all no use. %ro&s$ad. yes//# will go. # will as! for my letter &ac!. )o you hear them up there? 'hen that is over. #s it too late now? %ro&s$ad. 0f course you are not aware what steps # have ta!en in the matter of the Helmers. # understand very well to what lengths a man li!e you might &e driven &y despair. we may expect them &ac!. doesn*t do it a second time. Christine$ ow # shall find a way to clear myself in the eyes of the world. then//? Mrs Linde. "our letter is lying in the letter/&ox now. %ro&s$ad. "es. # am sure you are. a woman who has once sold herself for another*s sa!e. %ro&s$ad. %ro&s$ad. "ou cannot. %ro&s$ad [$rasps her hands]. # want to &e a mother to someone. # see it in your face. Mrs Linde. #f # could only undo what # have done$ Mrs Linde.? . 'e two need each other. #s that it? Mrs Linde. . # have faith in your real character//# can dare anything together with you. #s that what it all means?//that you want to save your friend at any cost? Tell me fran!ly. "es. ils. +h. ils. %ro&s$ad. Duite sure. go$ %ro&s$ad. and your children need a mother. Than!s. +re you sure of that? Mrs Linde. Have you really the courage. +nd in spite of that have you the courage to//? Mrs Linde. &ut// %ro&s$ad [&ith a searchin$ look at her] . Hush$ The Tarantella$ Co. 'hy? 'hat is it? Mrs Linde.

there they are now. She is in an 'talian costume &ith a lar$e black sha&l around her( he is in e#enin$ dress! and a black domino &hich is fl in$ open. Come along into the room. That # will do. #n my first moment of fright. "es. ot a single minute. no. you are catching cold standing there. But twenty/four hours have elapsed since then. [He brin$s her $entl into the room! in spite of her resistance.Mrs Linde. "ou must see me &ac! to my door.] Nora [han$in$ back in the door&a ! and stru$$lin$ &ith him] . %ro&s$ad. indeed.] +h. "ou must &e %uic! and go$ The dance is over. wasn*t it for that very purpose that you as!ed me to meet you here? Mrs Linde. # must put on my things. %ro&s$ad. no$//don*t ta!e me in. it was. which is impossi&le with all this concealment and falsehood going on. ils. they must have a complete understanding &etween them. %ro&s$ad.] Mrs Linde [tid in$ up the room and la in$ her hat and cloak read ] . please//only an hour more. tell me. my sweet ora. Helmer. %ro&s$ad. o. But. # will tell him he must give me my letter &ac!//that it only concerns my dismissal//that he is not to read it// Mrs Linde. But. HE1-E+'S and N*+A'S #oices are heard outside( a ke is turned! and HE1-E+ brin$s N*+A almost b force into the hall. Mrs Linde [listenin$]. "es.. Helmer must !now all a&out it. The door bet&een the room and the hall remains open. we are not safe a moment longer. But there is one thing # can do in any case.@ . # wish they would &e %uic! and come//[1istens. o. Helmer. This unhappy secret must &e disclosed. of course # will. 'hat a difference$ what a difference$ Someone to wor! for and live for//a home to &ring comfort into. Mrs Linde. 4ery well. if you will ta!e the responsi&ility. o. no. # want to go upstairs again. and # shall do it at once. %ro&s$ad. and in that time # have witnessed incredi&le things in this house. do. # will wait here until Helmer comes.. my dearest ora// Nora. # will wait for you &elow. [Takes up her hat and cloak. you must not recall your letter. # don*t want to leave so early. Torvald dear//please. # have never had such an amaBing piece of good fortune in my life$ [/oes out throu$h the outer door. -lease. "ou !now that was our agreement.] .

"ou here. "es. Nora [in an e"pressionless #oice] . "es. ta!e a good loo! at her. 2rs 3inde? Mrs Linde. 2rs 3inde. even if it were only for half an hour. she had made a success//she had made a tremendous success. # have had a tal! with him.] Nora [in a hurried and breathless &hisper]. +n exit ought always to &e effective. 0h. ora. "es. you had already gone upstairs. and it had &een a tremendous success. indeed$ # too! my charming little Capri maiden//my capricious little Capri maiden. But she is terri&ly self/willed. and. -ooh$ this room is hot. But never mind a&out that$ The chief thing is.] Hullo$ it*s all dar! in here. )oesn*t she loo! remar!a&ly pretty? . you must tell your hus&and all a&out it. 'hat are we to do with her? "ou will hardly &elieve that # had almost to &ring her away &y force. indeed she is. #sn*t she charming. a curtsey on either side. you must excuse me. you will repent not having let me stay. Nora. # was so anxious to see ora in her dress. Helmer [takin$ off N*+A'S sha&l]. the &eautiful apparition disappeared. &ut that is what # cannot ma!e ora understand. # mean. so late. # should say//on my arm. too! one %uic! turn round the room. and # thought # couldn*t go away again without having seen you. 2rs 3inde? Mrs Linde. # !new it. # thin! she is worth loo!ing at. Torvald. as they say in novels. Nora. "es. "es. Have you &een sitting here waiting for me? Mrs Linde. and// Mrs Linde. this sweet little person. Christine$ Helmer. <A . than was strictly compati&le with the limitations of art. 2rs 3inde$ She had danced her Tarantella. Cood evening. )o you thin! # was going to let her remain there after that. Helmer. Helmer. as it deserved//although possi&ly the performance was a trifle too realistic//a little more so. unfortunately # came too late. [Thro&s his domino on a chair! and opens the door of his room. [He $oes in! and li$hts some candles. 3isten to her. 'ell? Mrs Linde [in a lo& #oice] . Nora. of course//excuse me//. and spoil the effect? o. Nora.Mrs Linde.veryone thought so at the dance.

)o you see? Mrs Linde. that woman. 2rs 3inde. Helmer. So you !nit? Mrs Linde.//goodnight. Mrs Linde. Christine. "es.] +h$//at last we have got rid of her. # won*t tell him. loo! here// the arms close together. "ou hold the em&roidery thus in your left hand. [She $oes out( he shuts the door after her! and comes in a$ain. Helmer. <1 . # should &e very happy to//&ut you haven*t any great distance to go. 'ell. have you admired her? Mrs Linde. # hope you will get home all right. Then the letter will. Mrs Linde. Hush//$ Helmer [comin$ in a$ain]. ora. Helmer. &ut you must tell him. 2rs 3inde. "es. goodnight. easy sweep. already? #s this yours. That was really excellent champagne they gave us. She is a frightful &ore. "es. Nora. and don*t &e self/willed any more. Coodnight. and use the needle with the right//li!e this//with a long. goodnight. Helmer [accompan in$ her to the door] . Than! you. Nora. it*s far more &ecoming. But in the case of !nitting//that can never &e anything &ut ungraceful. the !nitting/ needles going up and down//it has a sort of Chinese effect//. "ou have nothing to &e afraid of as far as 9rogstad is concerned. 2r. # had very nearly forgotten it. Mrs Linde. "es. than! you. Coodnight. :eally? 'hy? Helmer. Helmer. perhaps// Helmer. 'hat. 0f course. Coodnight. 3et me show you. That*s right. and now # will say goodnight. Mrs Linde.Mrs Linde. )o you !now. 'ell. you ought to em&roider. ow # !now what # must do. Helmer. this !nitting? Mrs Linde [takin$ it] .

Torvald. "ou mustn*t say things li!e that to me tonight. )id you notice what good spirits :an! was in this evening? Nora. Helmer [follo&in$ her] . There. Helmer. )on*t loo! at me li!e that. ['n a lo&er #oice. Nora. Helmer [kissin$ her on the forehead]. ot a &it. # see. # hope so. )o you !now. or sleepy? Helmer. "es. "es. 'hy shouldn*t # loo! at my dearest treasure?//at all the &eauty that is mine. +nd # very little.verything you do is %uite right. :eally? 'as he? # didn*t spea! to him at all. Nora. 0n the contrary. and you are my secretly promised &ride. +ren*t you very tired. you see it was %uite right of me not to let you stay there any longer. Helmer. yes//# !now very well your thoughts are with me all the time. "ou have still got the Tarantella in your &lood. and that no one suspects there is anything &etween us. to &e all alone with you//you fascinating. +nd you?//you really loo! &oth tired and sleepy. # want to go to sleep at once. "es. and only send a stolen glance in your direction now and then?//do you !now why # do that? #t is &ecause # ma!e &elieve to myself that we are secretly in love. why # spea! so little to you. not in the least.] ora//soon the whole house will &e %uiet. # am very tired. !eep away from you. # feel extraordinarily lively. when # am out at a party with you li!e this. "es. my own darling ora. &ut # have not for a long time seen him in such good form. o. Nora. <1 . Torvald? Helmer. Helmer. charming little darling$ Nora. all my very own? Nora [$oin$ to the other side of the table]. ow my little s!ylar! is spea!ing reasona&ly. . +nd it ma!es you more captivating than ever.Nora. Torvald. [1ooks for a &hile at her and then $oes nearer to her. Nora.] #t is delightful to &e at home &y ourselves again. 3isten//the guests are &eginning to go now. Nora. Helmer.

specially the champagne. Co away. 2ay # come in for a moment? Helmer [in a fretful &hisper] . But # can.Helmer. what does he want now? [Aloud. Torvald$ "ou must let me go. and # am &ringing you for the first time into our home// to &e alone with you for the first time//%uite alone with my shy little darling$ +ll this evening # have longed for nothing &ut you. and that was why # &rought you down so early// Nora. . my little ora$ "ou won*t// you won*t? +m # not your hus&and//? [A knock is heard at the outer door. +nd when we are leaving. So you noticed that too? #t is almost incredi&le how much # managed to put away$ Nora. yes$//these dear familiar rooms. . # won*t// Helmer. Rank. and # am putting the shawl over your &eautiful young shoulders//on your lovely nec!//then # imagine that you are my young &ride and that we have 7ust come from the wedding. Rank. my &lood was on fire. and he is always in such good spirits afterwards. you !now$ <6 . #t seems to me that you loo!ed after yourself pretty well upstairs too.] +h. )id you hear//? Helmer [$oin$ into the hall] . Rank. that*s !ind of you not to pass &y our door. 'ell spent? # am afraid # can*t ta!e credit for that. "ou are very happy and cosy in here. "es. Rank. [2ith a s&ift $lance round. The wine was capital// Helmer. 'hat*s that? "ou*re 7o!ing. why should one not en7oy a merry evening after a well/spent day? Helmer. Helmer. 'hen # watched the seductive figures of the Tarantella. 'hy shouldn*t #? 'hy shouldn*t one en7oy everything in this world?//at any rate as much as one can.xcellently. Rank [clappin$ him on the back]. Torvald dran! a great deal of champagne tonight too. #t is #.] Come. 'ell. Rank. # thought # heard your voice. )id he? Nora. 0h. and felt as if # should li!e to loo! in.] Nora [startin$] . you two.] 'ait a minute$ [4nlocks the door. # could endure it no longer. 'ho is it? Rank [outside] . and as long as one can.

3ittle feather&rain$//are you thin!ing of the next already? Rank. Helmer. +t the next fancy/dress &all # shall &e invisi&le. # can tell you. +nd may # congratulate you on the result? Rank. # have %uite made up my mind a&out that.Nora. you certainly were. 0h well. Tell me//what shall we two wear at the next? Helmer. Nora [0uickl and searchin$l ]. "es. &ut what do you suggest as an appropriate costume for that? Rank. Nora. 'as it favoura&le. Helmer. Nora. 'ell? Rank. <8 . So wasn*t # entitled to ma!e a merry evening of it after that? Nora. Nora. Certainty? Rank. That was really very prettily turned. my dear friend. "es. #ndeed you may. The &est possi&le. # thin! so too. so long as you don*t have to pay for it in the morning. "ou shall go as a good fairy// Helmer. . )octor :an!. )octor :an!//are you fond of fancy/dress &alls? Rank. (ust listen$//little ora tal!ing a&out scientific investigations$ Nora. "es. then? Rank.xactly. )octor :an!. you must have &een occupied with some scientific investigation today. if there is a fine lot of pretty costumes. But can*t you tell us what you will &e? Rank. +&solute certainty. 'e two? "es. "es. Helmer. one can*t have anything in this life without paying for it. Helmer. Rank. 3et your wife go dressed 7ust as she is in everyday life. for &oth doctor and patient//certainty. Rank.

"es. Than! you for that wish. Nora [absentl ]. no one can see you. if you want me to sleep well$ +nd than!s for the light. Sleep well. ora. there will &e no room to put the newspaper in tomorrow morning. <. +re you going to wor! tonight? Helmer. 'ith the greatest pleasure.] Helmer [in a subdued #oice] . Cood&ye.] Torvald$ what are you going to do there? Helmer. dear old man$ Nora.] +nd now good&ye$ Helmer. Helmer. +t the loc!//? Helmer. There is a &ig &lac! hat//have you never heard of hats that ma!e you invisi&le? #f you put one on. Here is a &ro!en hairpin. "es. Rank. 3et me give you a light. )octor :an!. Rank. "ou !now %uite well #*m not. good&ye. Nora. someone has.mptying the letter/&ox. Rank. 'ish me the same. [HE1-E+ takes a bunch of ke s out of his pocket and $oes into the hall. 'hat is this? Someone has &een at the loc!. Helmer [suppressin$ a smile] . Nora. He has drun! more than he ought. give me a cigar//one of the dar! Havanas. [She holds the match for him to li$ht his ci$ar. That*s a good 7o!e$ Rank. "ou? 'ell.Helmer.] Rank [takes a ci$ar and cuts off the end] . 'hat can it mean? # should never have thought the maid//. Than!s. Than! you. [He nods to them both and $oes out. 2ay&e. Helmer. Nora [strikin$ a match]. . But # am clean forgetting what # came for. Rank. [*ffers him his case. you are %uite right. it is %uite full. . it is one of yours. Nora.

Nora. He holds out his hand full of letters.] 3oo! at that// loo! what a heap of them there are. [. 'hat? )o you !now anything a&out it? Has he said anything to you? Nora.] +nd perhaps for us too. [Takes out the contents of the letter-bo"! and calls to the kitchen. Nora [disen$a$es herself! and sa s firml and decidedl ]. There.] 'hat on earth is that? Nora [at the &indo&] . # can*t thin! of him as having gone out of them. no$ Helmer. ora. Torvald? Helmer [&alkin$ up and do&n]. Helmer.] 2y darling wife. it is &est it should &e without a word//don*t you thin! so. He had so grown into our lives. #f it has to happen. He means to shut himself up and die. perhaps it is &est so. 0f )octor :an!*s? Helmer [lookin$ at them]. not tonight. no. There is a &lac! cross over the name. 'ell. o. )octor :an!. Torvald. 'e two are thrown %uite upon each other now. and everything.uts his arms round her. He must have put them in when he went out. ora. But so soon$ +nd so he hides himself away li!e a wounded animal. # have often wished that you might &e threatened &y some great danger. He told me that when the cards came it would &e his leave/ta!ing from us. Nora. for your sa!e.] Helen$//Helen. # don*t feel as if # could hold you tight enough. Nora. They were on the top. put out the light over the front door. ow you must read your letters. He. Helmer. Two cards//of :an!*s. so that # might ris! my life*s &lood. [Turnin$ them o#er. Helmer. was li!e a cloudy &ac!ground to our sunlit happiness. # want to &e with you. 3oo! there//what an uncomforta&le idea$ #t loo!s as if he were announcing his own death. at last # have got it open. Then you must get them out of those ways.Nora [0uickl ] . Then it must have &een the children// Helmer. with his sufferings and his loneliness. 2y poor old friend$ Certainly # !new we should not have him very long with us. my darling wife. Nora. #s there anything written on them? Helmer. << . #t is 7ust what he is doing. [Standin$ still. [/oes back into the room and shuts the door into the hall. The letter// o$ Torvald. "es. 5or him. )o you !now. anyway.

Torvald$ Helmer [reelin$] .] ever to see my children again either//never again. Torvald and my children$ [She is about to rush out throu$h the hall! &hen HE1-E+ opens his door hurriedl and stands &ith an open letter in his hand. Something ugly has come &etween us//the thought of the horrors of death. <= . "ou are right. "ou shan*t save me. 'e must try and rid our minds of that. # !now. Sleep sound. "ou shall not ta!e it upon yourself. 'here are you going? Nora [tr in$ to $et free]. that # read here? Horri&le$ o. don*t let us have any silly excuses. # have loved you a&ove everything else in the world. 3et me go$ 3et me get out$ Helmer [holdin$ her back] . ora$ Nora.] Helmer. Torvald//$ Helmer. Helmer. #t is true. True? #s this true. 2isera&le creature//what have you done? Nora. no//it is impossi&le that it can &e true. ora. 0h. Nora [takin$ a step to&ards him] . Nora [han$in$ on his neck] .] Nora [$ropes distractedl about! sei7es HE1-E+'S domino! thro&s it round her! &hile she sa s in 0uick! hoarse! spasmodic &hispers] . Torvald//Coodnight$ Helmer [kissin$ her on the forehead]. 'ith the thought of your friend*s death// Helmer.uts her sha&l o#er her head. Cood&ye. Coodnight. my little singing/&ird. &lac! water//the unfathoma&le depths//#f only it were over$ He has got it now//now he is reading it. it has affected us &oth. +h$// Helmer. ever to see him again. Nora. ever$ ever$//+h$ the icy.Nora. "ou shall not suffer for my sa!e. "es. 'hat is this? )o you !now what is in this letter? Nora. Hntil then//we will each go to our own room. Coodnight. ever$ ever$ [. [He takes his letters and $oes into his room! shuttin$ the door after him. ow # will read my letters through. 3et me go.

But # shall not allow you to &ring up the children. no sense of duty//. )o you understand what you have done? +nswer me$ )o you understand what you have done? Nora [looks steadil at him and sa s &ith a $ro&in$ look of coldness in her face]. too. +nd # must sin! to such misera&le depths &ecause of a thoughtless woman$ Nora. and this is how you repay me. Helmer.] <? . "es. that*s 7ust it. o. 'hen # am out of the way. He can ma!e the affair !nown everywhere. Helmer. +nd as for you and me. worse//a criminal$ The unuttera&le ugliness of it all$//5or shame$ 5or shame$ [N*+A is silent and looks steadil at him. +ll your father*s want of principle//&e silent$//all your father*s want of principle has come out in you. 'hat good would it &e to me if you were out of the way. give me any orders he pleases//# dare not refuse. no morality. that is all over. To thin! that # should &e o&liged to say so to one whom # have loved so dearly. [1ocks the hall door. o tragic airs. as you say? ot the slightest. "es.] Here you shall stay and give me an explanation. "ou will still remain in my house. 4ery li!ely people will thin! # was &ehind it all//that it was # who prompted you$ +nd # have to than! you for all this//you whom # have cherished during the whole of our married life. "our father had always plenty of those ready. and if he does. Nora. # may &e falsely suspected of having &een a party to your criminal action. )o you understand now what it is you have done for me? Nora [coldl and 0uietl ]. now # am &eginning to understand thoroughly. # must try and appease him some way or another. ow you have destroyed all my happiness. please. "ou have ruined all my future.Helmer. please. Helmer. o religion. # ought to have foreseen it. He stops in front of her. all that concerns us is to save the remains. that is a matter of course. #t is so incredi&le that # can*t ta!e it in. Ta!e it off. 5rom this moment happiness is not the %uestion. Helmer [&alkin$ about the room]. #t is horri&le to thin! of$ # am in the power of an unscrupulous man. the fragments. the appearance// [A rin$ is heard at the front-door bell. But we must come to some understanding. How # am punished for having win!ed at what he did$ # did it for your sa!e. o fine speeches. and whom # still//. The matter must &e hushed up at any cost. it must appear as if everything &etween us were 7ust as &efore//&ut naturally only in the eyes of the world. he can do what he li!es with me. 'hat a horri&le awa!ening$ +ll these eight years//she who was my 7oy and pride//a hypocrite. as! anything he li!es of me.] # ought to have suspected that something of the sort would happen. you will &e free. Ta!e off that shawl. a liar//worse. # tell you. "es. # dare not trust them to you.

'e will only shout with 7oy. 'hat is this?//such a cold. ora. you did out of love for me. "ou must not thin! anymore a&out the hard things # said in my first moment of consternation.Helmer [&ith a start]. read it. He says that since Christmas . # will advise you and direct you. only lean on me. 3oo!. of course. and seen no way out &ut//. Cive it to me. # have forgiven you everything. first # must destroy these hateful things. 3et me see//. +nd suffered agonies.] There//now it doesn*t exist any longer. But do you suppose you are any the less dear to me. he sends you your &ond &ac!.] Maid [half-dressed! comes to the door].] ora$// o. HE1-E+ $oes and unlocks the hall door. Helmer. [N*+A stands motionless. "ou have loved me as a wife ought to love her hus&and. no. # %uite understand. # must read it once again//. # am saved$ Nora. [Tears up the bond and both letters! thro&s them all into the sto#e! and &atches them burn. # must !now. Nora. and !eep saying. it is from him. 'hat is that? So late$ Can the worst//? Can he//? Hide yourself. "ou shall not have it. o. you don*t feel as if you could &elieve that # have forgiven you. Nora. Say you are ill. 0nly you had not sufficient !nowledge to 7udge of the means you used. Helmer [standin$ b the lamp] . +nd #? Helmer. #t may mean ruin for &oth of us.] ora$ [She looks at him 0uestionin$l . [Tears open the letter! runs his e e o#er a fe& lines! looks at a paper enclosed! and $i#es a shout of )o . # won*t loo! at it. no. ora. we are &oth saved. # have fought a hard fight these three days. ora. it is true$ # am saved$ ora.] "es. + letter for the mistress. # scarcely have the courage to do it.] o. # will read it myself. [Takes a look at the bond.ve you//. Helmer. # should not &e a man if this womanly helplessness did not 7ust give you a dou&le attractiveness in my eyes. when # thought <@ . But it is true. set face$ 2y poor little ora. ora. 0h. ora$ o one can do anything to you. "es. "ou too. Nora. we won*t call any of the horrors to mind. The whole thing shall &e nothing &ut a &ad dream to me. >#t*s all over$ #t*s all over$> 3isten to me. Helmer. ora$//no. [Takes the letter! and shuts the door. &ecause you don*t understand how to act on your own responsi&ility? o. He says he regrets and repents// that a happy change in his life//never mind what he says$ 'e are saved. &oth you and #. These must have &een three dreadful days for you. ora. o. That is true. "ou don*t seem to realise that it is all over. # !now that what you did. "es. # swear it.

my dear ora// Nora [lookin$ at her &atch].] Helmer. Try and calm yourself. =A . ora.] How warm and cosy our home is. he has given her a new life. # swear to you # have forgiven you. Can you suppose # should ever thin! of such a thing as repudiating you. here # will protect you li!e a hunted dove that # have saved from a haw!*s claws. and ma!e your mind easy again. # shall not sleep tonight. [She $oes out throu$h the door to the ri$ht. only &e fran! and open with me. Be at rest. #t will come. and # will serve as will and conscience &oth to you//. But what for?//so late as this. Helmer. o. "ou alarm me. ora. But. &elieve me.everything was going to overwhelm me. Sit down.] 'hat are you doing in there? Nora [from &ithin] . #t will ta!e some time. #t is not so very late. "es. Sit down here. ora$//and # don*t understand you. [1ooks in. Nora. Helmer [standin$ at the open door] . in the !nowledge that he has forgiven his wife//forgiven her freely. set face? Nora. or even reproaching you? "ou have no idea what a true man*s heart is li!e. # will &ring peace to your poor &eating heart. so to spea!. to a man. Ta!ing off my fancy dress. and with all his heart.] Helmer. Tomorrow morning you will loo! upon it all %uite differently. #t seems as if that had made her. "ou and # have much to say to one another. little &y little. do. # have &road wings to shelter you under. [She sits do&n at one side of the table. Than! you for your forgiveness. as it were. and she has in a way &ecome &oth wife and child to him. 'hat is this? ot gone to &ed? Have you changed your things? Nora [in e#er da dress] . There is something so indescri&a&ly sweet and satisfying. # have forgiven you. Have no anxiety a&out anything. helpless darling. Torvald. 4ery soon you won*t need me to assure you that # have forgiven you. [2alks up and do&n b the door. # have changed my things now. # have a lot to tal! over with you. ora. don*t go//. So you shall &e for me after this. soon everything will &e 7ust as it was &efore. and feel secure. Helmer. dou&ly his own. ora. Nora. Here is shelter for you. you will yourself feel the certainty that # have done so. my frightened little singing/&ird. ora. "es. my little scared. Torvald. ora//what is this?//this cold. Helmer [sits do&n at the opposite side of the table].

'hat$ By us two//&y us two. # say that we have never sat down in earnest together to try and get at the &ottom of anything. +nd when # came to live with you// Helmer. That is 7ust it. you mustn*t interrupt me. 'hen # was at home with papa. Helmer. #sn*t there one thing that stri!es you as strange in our sitting here li!e this? Helmer. #n all these eight years//longer than that//from the very &eginning of our ac%uaintance. But.Nora. "ou must simply listen to what # say. He called me his doll/child. #t is perfectly true. o. have had a serious conversation? Helmer. and # have never understood you either// &efore tonight. 'as it li!ely that # would &e continually and forever telling you a&out worries that you could not help me to &ear? Nora. "ou have only thought it pleasant to &e in love with me. who have loved you &etter than anyone else in the world? Nora [shakin$ her head] . you have never understood me. hus&and and wife. # am not spea!ing a&out &usiness matters. Torvald. that is 7ust it. 'hat sort of an expression is that to use a&out our marriage? =1 . what do # hear you saying? Nora. and if # differed from him # concealed the fact. # have &een greatly wronged. 'hat do you mean &y serious? Nora. 'e have &een married now eight years. Helmer. Helmer. would it have &een any good to you? Nora. "ou have never loved me. o. and he played with me 7ust as # used to play with my dolls. "ou don*t understand me. ora. you and #. 'hat do you mean &y that? Nora [after a short silence] . &ecause he would not have li!ed it. we have never exchanged a word on any serious su&7ect. 'hat is that? Nora. and so # had the same opinions. dearest ora. )oes it not occur to you that this is the first time we two. he told me his opinion a&out everything. Torvald. Helmer. this is a settling of accounts. Helmer. Torvald//first &y papa and then &y you.

Helmer. #ndeed. # am not fit for the tas!. How unreasona&le and how ungrateful you are. and here the children have &een my dolls. But you would have it so. # have existed merely to perform tric!s for you. o. +nd you have always &een so !ind to me. )idn*t you say so yourself a little while ago//that you dare not trust me to &ring them up? Helmer. But for the future it shall &e different. Torvald. and so # got the same tastes as your else # pretended to. +las. and lesson/time shall &egin. -laytime shall &e over. +nd that is why # am going to leave you now. Torvald. you were perfectly right. only merry. or the children*s? Helmer. Helmer. my darling ora. # have &een your doll/wife. There is some truth in what you say//exaggerated and strained as your view of it is.Nora [undisturbed] . ot//not happy$ Nora. Helmer. Helmer. # thought # was. ora$ Nora. # have never &een happy. Nora. "ou arranged everything according to your own taste. That is what our marriage has &een. 'hen # loo! &ac! on it. Torvald. you are not the man to educate me into &eing a proper wife for you. Both yours and the children*s. +nd you can say that$ Nora. +nd #//how am # fitted to &ring up the children? Helmer. But our home has &een nothing &ut a playroom. # am really not %uite sure which//# thin! sometimes the one and sometimes the other. o. 'hose lessons? 2ine. 7ust as at home # was papa*s doll/child. &ut it has never really &een so. # must try and educate myself//you are not the man to help me in that. it seems to me as if # had &een living here li!e a poor woman//7ust from hand to mouth. There is another tas! # must underta!e first. # mean that # was simply transferred from papa*s hands into yours. #n a moment of anger$ 'hy do you pay any heed to that? Nora. ora$ Have you not &een happy here? Nora. # must do that for myself. #t is your fault that # have made nothing of my life. "ou and papa have committed a great sin against me. 7ust as they thought it great fun when # played with them. =1 . # thought it great fun when you played with me. Nora.

To desert your home. Before all else. # don*t &elieve that any longer. # have other duties 7ust as sacred. your hus&and and your children$ +nd you don*t consider what people will say$ Nora. that # must try and &ecome one. # must try and get some sense.Helmer [sprin$in$ up] . # !now %uite well. =6 . #t will &e easiest for me to find something to do there. Helmer. Helmer. # &elieve that &efore all else # am a reasona&le human &eing. "ou &lind. #t is no use for&idding me anything any longer. 'hat do you say? Nora. # will ta!e nothing from you. )o # need to tell you that? +re they not your duties to your hus&and and your children? Nora. That you have not. 7ust as you are//or. This is how you would neglect your most sacred duties. 'hat sort of madness is this$ Nora. you are a wife and a mother. # am going away from here now. at once. foolish woman$ Nora. )uties to myself. #t is for that reason that # cannot remain with you any longer. Helmer. Helmer. #t*s shoc!ing. to my old home. Tomorrow # shall go home//# mean. # will ta!e with me what &elongs to myself. # must stand %uite alone. ora$ Nora. Nora. Helmer. 'hat do you consider my most sacred duties? Helmer. "ou are out of your mind$ # won*t allow it$ # for&id you$ Nora. Helmer. # am sure Christine will ta!e me in for the night// Helmer. # only !now that it is necessary for me. ora. Nora. Helmer. if # am to understand myself and everything a&out me. 'hat duties could those &e? Nora. either now or later. # cannot consider that at all. Torvald. at all events.

and am alone. # will see if what the clergyman said is true.Torvald. The thing perplexes me altogether. and that. +nd is it with a clear and certain mind that you forsa!e your hus&and and your children? Nora. # do not exactly !now what religion is. o. Helmer. and that views of that !ind are to &e found in &oo!s. # suppose you have some moral sense? 0r//answer me//am # to thin! you have none? Nora. too. Helmer. and the other. that the law is %uite another thing from what # supposed. Can you not understand your place in your own home? Have you not a relia&le guide in such matters as that?//have you no religion? Nora. "ou are ill. or at all events if it is true for me. # don*t. # am afraid. &ut # can no longer content myself with what most people say. # assure you. or to save her hus&and*s life. it is. you are delirious. He told us that religion was this. Nora. that is not an easy %uestion to answer. "ou don*t understand the conditions of the world in which you live. # almost thin! you are out of your mind. Helmer. # will loo! into that matter too. that most people would thin! you right. or with what is found in &oo!s. =8 . +ccording to it a woman has no right to spare her old dying father. # am going to see if # can ma!e out who is right. when # went to &e confirmed. Nora. # really don*t !now. Then there is only one possi&le explanation. let me try and awa!en your conscience. "ou do not love me anymore. Helmer. 'hat is that? Helmer. # only !now that you and # loo! at it in %uite a different light. # have never felt my mind so clear and certain as tonight. # am learning. "es. Helmer. the world or #. 'hat are you saying? Nora. # must thin! over things for myself and get to understand them. &ut # find it impossi&le to convince myself that the law is right. ora. But now # am going to try. Torvald. Nora. 'hen # am away from all this. This is unheard of in a girl of your age$ But if religion cannot lead you aright. Torvald. Helmer. # !now nothing &ut what the clergyman said. "ou tal! li!e a child. # can*t &elieve that. Helmer.

you thin! and tal! li!e a heedless child. # was so a&solutely certain that you would say to himE -u&lish the thing to the whole world. # was so a&solutely certain. then # saw you were not the man # had thought you were. +nd when that was done// Helmer. "es. for. . #t is a thing hundreds of thousands of women have done. # !new very well that wonderful things don*t happen every day. what then?//when # had exposed my wife to shame and disgrace? Nora. +nd can you tell me what # have done to forfeit your love? Nora. .xplain yourself &etter. 'hen 9rogstad*s letter was lying out there. # would gladly wor! night and day for you. "es. # don*t understand you. indeed # can. ora//&ear sorrow and want for your sa!e. Nora. "es. that # wanted to !ill myself. ora//$ Nora. # have waited so patiently for eight years. Torvald. That is the reason why # will not stay here any longer. #t was tonight. and it was to prevent that. But what would my assurances have &een worth against yours? That was the wonderful thing which # hoped for and feared. Helmer. Then this horri&le misfortune came upon me. and then # felt %uite certain that the wonderful thing was going to happen at last. &ut # cannot help it. never for a moment did # imagine that you would consent to accept this man*s conditions. #s that a clear and certain conviction too? Nora. Helmer. Helmer. Helmer. when the wonderful thing did not happen. # do not love you any more. ora$//and you can say that? Nora. Helmer. =. and sayE # am the guilty one. "ou mean that # would never have accepted such a sacrifice on your part? o. But no man would sacrifice his honour for the one he loves. a&solutely clear and certain. goodness !nows. Helmer. o. Nora. 0h. Helmer [re$ainin$ his composure] . that is 7ust it. of course not. for you have always &een so !ind to me.Nora. #t gives me great pain. 'hen that was done. you would come forward and ta!e everything upon yourself.

no. whatever &ecomes of you. How can # tell? # have no idea what is going to &ecome of me. as far as you were concerned it was exactly as if nothing at all had happened. # am no wife for you. There must &e perfect freedom on &oth sides. Helmer. &ecause it was so &rittle and fragile. not now$ 'ait until tomorrow. # was your little s!ylar!. Nora [$oin$ out to the ri$ht]. [/ettin$ up. Helmer. But can*t we live here li!e &rother and sister//? Nora [puttin$ on her hat] . . #n any case. +s # am now.uts the sha&l round her. Cive me mine. # have heard that when a wife deserts her hus&and*s house. ora. here is your ring &ac!. ora. ora. Helmer. Nora. ora//some day? Nora. # !now they are in &etter hands than mine. &ut for what might happen to you//when the whole thing was past. But some day. 3isten. # see. But you are my wife.Nora. "ou are not to feel yourself &ound in the slightest way. # won*t see the little ones. and had &orne him three children//. [She comes back &ith her cloak and hat and a small ba$ &hich she puts on a chair b the table. which you would in future treat with dou&ly gentle care. Helmer. 0h.] Helmer. Torvald. he is legally freed from all o&ligations towards her. That too? =< . ora. # set you free from all your o&ligations. # can &e of no use to them. Nora [puttin$ on her cloak]. -erhaps//if your doll is ta!en away from you. See. Nora. +n a&yss has opened &etween us//there is no denying it. # can*t understand that idea. # cannot spend the night in a strange man*s room. any more than # shall. That ma!es it all the more certain that it must &e done. Helmer. 2ay&e. But. would it not &e possi&le to fill it up? Nora. your doll. "ou !now very well that would not last long. Torvald.] Torvald//it was then it dawned upon me that for eight years # had &een living here with a strange man. as # am doing now. # see.] Cood&ye. Helmer. # can*t &ear to thin! of it$ # could tear myself into little &its$ Helmer [sadl ] . But you neither thin! nor tal! li!e the man # could &ind myself to.xactly as &efore. [. But to part$//to part from you$ o. +s soon as your fear was over//and it was not fear for what threatened me. +s # am now. # have it in me to &ecome a different man.

ow it is all over. Torvald. Cood&ye. +ll over$ +ll over$// ora. Both you and # would have to &e so changed that//. Helmer. othing//nothing// Helmer.] == . Helmer. # can receive nothing from a stranger. [A hope flashes across his mind. Here it is. "ou must not do that. # !now # shall often thin! of you.] Helmer [sinks do&n on a chair at the door and buries his face in his hands].] .] The most wonderful thing of all//? [The sound of a door shuttin$ is heard from belo&. Christine will come here and pac! up my own things that # &rought with me from home. 0h. Nora. That our life together would &e a real wedloc!. That too. o. But at least let me send you// Nora. shall you never thin! of me again? Nora. # have put the !eys here. and this house. But # will &elieve in it. Nora.mpty. Tell me what that would &e$ Nora. Helmer. the children. +h. the most wonderful thing of all would have to happen. That*s right. # don*t &elieve any longer in wonderful things happening. o//never. after # have left her. She is gone. Tomorrow. 2ay # write to you. [She $oes out throu$h the hall. Torvald. Helmer. ora? Nora. Helmer. Tell me$ So changed that//? Nora. # will have them sent after me. ora//can # never &e anything more than a stranger to you? Nora [takin$ her ba$]. Helmer.Nora. The maids !now all a&out everything in the house//&etter than # do. 3et me help you if you are in want. Helmer. ora$ ora$ [1ooks round! and rises.