A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen

Part 1 out of 3

Prepared by Martin Adamson

A DOLL'S HOUSE by Henrik Ibsen

DRAMATIS PERSONAE Torva d He mer! Nora" #is $i%e! Do&tor Rank! Mrs! Linde! Ni s 'ro(stad! He mer's t#ree yo)n( &#i dren! Anne" t#eir n)rse! A Ho)semaid! A Porter! *T#e a&tion takes p a&e in He mer's #o)se!+

A DOLL'S HOUSE ACT I *S,ENE!--A room %)rnis#ed &om%ortab y and taste%) y" b)t not e.trava(ant y! At t#e ba&k" a door to t#e ri(#t eads to t#e entran&e-#a " anot#er to t#e e%t eads to He mer's st)dy! /et$een t#e doors stands a piano! In t#e midd e o% t#e e%t-#and $a is a door" and beyond it a $indo$! Near t#e $indo$ are a ro)nd tab e" arm-&#airs and a sma so%a! In t#e ri(#t-#and $a " at t#e %art#er end" anot#er door0 and on t#e same side" nearer t#e %oot i(#ts" a stove" t$o easy &#airs and a ro&kin(-&#air0 bet$een t#e stove and t#e door" a sma tab e! En(ravin(s on t#e $a s0 a &abinet $it# &#ina and ot#er sma ob1e&ts0 a sma book-&ase $it# $e -bo)nd books! T#e % oors are &arpeted" and a %ire b)rns in t#e stove! It is $inter! A be rin(s in t#e #a 0 s#ort y a%ter$ards t#e door is #eard to open! Enter NORA" #)mmin( a t)ne and in #i(# spirits! S#e is in o)tdoor dress and &arries a n)mber o% par&e s0 t#ese s#e ays on t#e tab e to t#e ri(#t! S#e eaves t#e o)ter door open a%ter #er" and t#ro)(# it is seen a PORTER $#o is &arryin( a ,#ristmas Tree and a basket" $#i&# #e (ives to t#e MAID $#o #as opened t#e door!+ Nora! Hide t#e ,#ristmas Tree &are%) y" He en! /e s)re t#e &#i dren do not see it )nti t#is evenin(" $#en it is dressed! *To t#e PORTER" takin( o)t #er p)rse!+ Ho$ m)&#2 Porter! Si.pen&e! Nora! T#ere is a s#i in(! No" keep t#e &#an(e! *T#e PORTER t#anks #er" and (oes o)t! NORA s#)ts t#e door! S#e is a)(#in( to #erse %" as s#e takes o%% #er #at and &oat! S#e takes a pa&ket o% ma&aroons %rom #er po&ket and eats one or t$o0 t#en (oes &a)tio)s y to #er #)sband's door and istens!+ 3es" #e is in! *Sti #)mmin(" s#e (oes to t#e tab e on t#e ri(#t!+ He mer *&a s o)t %rom #is room+! Is t#at my itt e ark t$itterin( o)t t#ere2 Nora *b)sy openin( some o% t#e par&e s+! 3es" it is4 He mer! Is it my itt e s5)irre b)st in( abo)t2

Nora! 3es4 He mer! 6#en did my s5)irre &ome #ome2 Nora! 7)st no$! *P)ts t#e ba( o% ma&aroons into #er po&ket and $ipes #er mo)t#!+ ,ome in #ere" Torva d" and see $#at I #ave bo)(#t! He mer! Don't dist)rb me! *A itt e ater" #e opens t#e door and ooks into t#e room" pen in #and!+ /o)(#t" did yo) say2 A t#ese t#in(s2 Has my itt e spendt#ri%t been $astin( money a(ain2 Nora! 3es b)t" Torva d" t#is year $e rea y &an et o)rse ves (o a itt e! T#is is t#e %irst ,#ristmas t#at $e #ave not needed to e&onomise! He mer! Sti " yo) kno$" $e &an't spend money re&k ess y! Nora! 3es" Torva d" $e may be a $ee bit more re&k ess no$" mayn't $e2 7)st a tiny $ee bit4 3o) are (oin( to #ave a bi( sa ary and earn ots and ots o% money! He mer! 3es" a%ter t#e Ne$ 3ear0 b)t t#en it $i be a $#o e 5)arter be%ore t#e sa ary is d)e! Nora! Poo#4 $e &an borro$ )nti t#en! He mer! Nora4 *8oes )p to #er and takes #er p ay%) y by t#e ear!+ T#e same itt e %eat#er#ead4 S)ppose" no$" t#at I borro$ed %i%ty po)nds today" and yo) spent it a in t#e ,#ristmas $eek" and t#en on Ne$ 3ear's Eve a s ate %e on my #ead and ki ed me" and--Nora *p)ttin( #er #ands over #is mo)t#+! O#4 don't say s)&# #orrid t#in(s! He mer! Sti " s)ppose t#at #appened"--$#at t#en2 Nora! I% t#at $ere to #appen" I don't s)ppose I s#o) d &are $#et#er I o$ed money or not! He mer! 3es" b)t $#at abo)t t#e peop e $#o #ad ent it2 Nora! T#ey2 6#o $o) d bot#er abo)t t#em2 I s#o) d not kno$ $#o t#ey $ere! He mer! T#at is ike a $oman4 /)t serio)s y" Nora" yo) kno$ $#at I t#ink abo)t t#at! No debt" no borro$in(! T#ere &an be no

%reedom or bea)ty abo)t a #ome i%e t#at depends on borro$in( and debt! 6e t$o #ave kept brave y on t#e strai(#t road so %ar" and $e $i (o on t#e same $ay %or t#e s#ort time on(er t#at t#ere need be any str)(( e! Nora *movin( to$ards t#e stove+! As yo) p ease" Torva d! He mer *%o o$in( #er+! ,ome" &ome" my itt e sky ark m)st not droop #er $in(s! 6#at is t#is4 Is my itt e s5)irre o)t o% temper2 *Takin( o)t #is p)rse!+ Nora" $#at do yo) t#ink I #ave (ot #ere2 Nora *t)rnin( ro)nd 5)i&k y+! Money4 He mer! T#ere yo) are! *8ives #er some money!+ Do yo) t#ink I don't kno$ $#at a ot is $anted %or #o)sekeepin( at ,#ristmastime2 Nora *&o)ntin(+! Ten s#i in(s--a po)nd--t$o po)nds4 T#ank yo)" t#ank yo)" Torva d0 t#at $i keep me (oin( %or a on( time! He mer! Indeed it m)st! Nora! 3es" yes" it $i ! /)t &ome #ere and et me s#o$ yo) $#at I #ave bo)(#t! And a so &#eap4 Look" #ere is a ne$ s)it %or Ivar" and a s$ord0 and a #orse and a tr)mpet %or /ob0 and a do and do y's bedstead %or Emmy"--t#ey are very p ain" b)t any$ay s#e $i soon break t#em in pie&es! And #ere are dress- en(t#s and #andker&#ie%s %or t#e maids0 o d Anne o)(#t rea y to #ave somet#in( better! He mer! And $#at is in t#is par&e 2 Nora *&ryin( o)t+! No" no4 yo) m)stn't see t#at )nti t#is evenin(! He mer! 9ery $e ! /)t no$ te me" yo) e.trava(ant itt e person" $#at $o) d yo) ike %or yo)rse %2 Nora! :or myse %2 O#" I am s)re I don't $ant anyt#in(! He mer! 3es" b)t yo) m)st! Te me somet#in( reasonab e t#at yo) $o) d parti&) ar y ike to #ave! Nora! No" I rea y &an't t#ink o% anyt#in(--)n ess" Torva d--

He mer! 6e 2 Nora *p ayin( $it# #is &oat b)ttons" and $it#o)t raisin( #er eyes to #is+! I% yo) rea y $ant to (ive me somet#in(" yo) mi(#t--yo) mi(#t-He mer! 6e " o)t $it# it4 Nora *speakin( 5)i&k y+! 3o) mi(#t (ive me money" Torva d! On y 1)st as m)&# as yo) &an a%%ord0 and t#en one o% t#ese days I $i b)y somet#in( $it# it! He mer! /)t" Nora-Nora! O#" do4 dear Torva d0 p ease" p ease do4 T#en I $i $rap it )p in bea)ti%) (i t paper and #an( it on t#e ,#ristmas Tree! 6o) dn't t#at be %)n2 He mer! 6#at are itt e peop e &a ed t#at are a $ays $astin( money2 Nora! Spendt#ri%ts--I kno$! Let )s do as yo) s)((est" Torva d" and t#en I s#a #ave time to t#ink $#at I am most in $ant o%! T#at is a very sensib e p an" isn't it2 He mer *smi in(+! Indeed it is--t#at is to say" i% yo) $ere rea y to save o)t o% t#e money I (ive yo)" and t#en rea y b)y somet#in( %or yo)rse %! /)t i% yo) spend it a on t#e #o)sekeepin( and any n)mber o% )nne&essary t#in(s" t#en I mere y #ave to pay )p a(ain! Nora! O# b)t" Torva d-He mer! 3o) &an't deny it" my dear itt e Nora! *P)ts #is arm ro)nd #er $aist!+ It's a s$eet itt e spendt#ri%t" b)t s#e )ses )p a dea o% money! One $o) d #ard y be ieve #o$ e.pensive s)&# itt e persons are4 Nora! It's a s#ame to say t#at! I do rea y save a I &an! He mer * a)(#in(+! T#at's very tr)e"--a yo) &an! /)t yo) &an't save anyt#in(4 Nora *smi in( 5)iet y and #appi y+! 3o) #aven't any idea #o$ many e.penses $e sky arks and s5)irre s #ave" Torva d!

He mer! 3o) are an odd itt e so) ! 9ery ike yo)r %at#er! 3o) a $ays %ind some ne$ $ay o% $#eed in( money o)t o% me" and" as soon as yo) #ave (ot it" it seems to me t in yo)r #ands! 3o) never kno$ $#ere it #as (one! Sti " one m)st take yo) as yo) are! It is in t#e b ood0 %or indeed it is tr)e t#at yo) &an in#erit t#ese t#in(s" Nora! Nora! A#" I $is# I #ad in#erited many o% papa's 5)a ities! He mer! And I $o) d not $is# yo) to be anyt#in( b)t 1)st $#at yo) are" my s$eet itt e sky ark! /)t" do yo) kno$" it strikes me t#at yo) are ookin( rat#er--$#at s#a I say--rat#er )neasy today2 Nora! Do I2 He mer! 3o) do" rea y! Look strai(#t at me! Nora * ooks at #im+! 6e 2 He mer *$a((in( #is %in(er at #er+! Hasn't Miss S$eet Toot# been breakin( r) es in to$n today2 Nora! No0 $#at makes yo) t#ink t#at2 He mer! Hasn't s#e paid a visit to t#e &on%e&tioner's2 Nora! No" I ass)re yo)" Torva d-He mer! Not been nibb in( s$eets2 Nora! No" &ertain y not! He mer! Not even taken a bite at a ma&aroon or t$o2 Nora! No" Torva d" I ass)re yo) rea y-He mer! T#ere" t#ere" o% &o)rse I $as on y 1okin(! Nora *(oin( to t#e tab e on t#e ri(#t+! I s#o) d not t#ink o% (oin( a(ainst yo)r $is#es! He mer! No" I am s)re o% t#at0 besides" yo) (ave me yo)r $ord-*8oin( )p to #er!+ 'eep yo)r itt e ,#ristmas se&rets to yo)rse %" my dar in(! T#ey $i a be revea ed toni(#t $#en t#e ,#ristmas Tree is it" no do)bt!

Nora! Did yo) remember to invite Do&tor Rank2 He mer! No! /)t t#ere is no need0 as a matter o% &o)rse #e $i &ome to dinner $it# )s! Ho$ever" I $i ask #im $#en #e &omes in t#is mornin(! I #ave ordered some (ood $ine! Nora" yo) &an't t#ink #o$ I am ookin( %or$ard to t#is evenin(! Nora! So am I4 And #o$ t#e &#i dren $i en1oy t#emse ves" Torva d4 He mer! It is sp endid to %ee t#at one #as a per%e&t y sa%e appointment" and a bi( eno)(# in&ome! It's de i(#t%) to t#ink o%" isn't it2 Nora! It's $onder%) 4 He mer! Do yo) remember ast ,#ristmas2 :or a %) t#ree $eeks be%ore#and yo) s#)t yo)rse % )p every evenin( )nti on( a%ter midni(#t" makin( ornaments %or t#e ,#ristmas Tree" and a t#e ot#er %ine t#in(s t#at $ere to be a s)rprise to )s! It $as t#e d) est t#ree $eeks I ever spent4 Nora! I didn't %ind it d) ! He mer *smi in(+! /)t t#ere $as pre&io)s itt e res) t" Nora! Nora! O#" yo) s#o) dn't tease me abo)t t#at a(ain! Ho$ &o) d I #e p t#e &at's (oin( in and tearin( everyt#in( to pie&es2 He mer! O% &o)rse yo) &o) dn't" poor itt e (ir ! 3o) #ad t#e best o% intentions to p ease )s a " and t#at's t#e main t#in(! /)t it is a (ood t#in( t#at o)r #ard times are over! Nora! 3es" it is rea y $onder%) ! He mer! T#is time I needn't sit #ere and be d) a a one" and yo) needn't r)in yo)r dear eyes and yo)r pretty itt e #ands-Nora *& appin( #er #ands+! No" Torva d" I needn't any on(er" need I4 It's $onder%) y ove y to #ear yo) say so4 *Takin( #is arm!+ No$ I $i te yo) #o$ I #ave been t#inkin( $e o)(#t to arran(e t#in(s" Torva d! As soon as ,#ristmas is over--*A be rin(s in t#e #a !+ T#ere's t#e be ! *S#e tidies t#e room a itt e!+ T#ere's some one at t#e door! 6#at a n)isan&e4 He mer! I% it is a &a er" remember I am not at #ome!

Maid *in t#e door$ay+! A ady to see yo)" ma'am"--a stran(er! Nora! Ask #er to &ome in! Maid *to HELMER+! T#e do&tor &ame at t#e same time" sir! He mer! Did #e (o strai(#t into my room2 Maid! 3es" sir! *HELMER (oes into #is room! T#e MAID )s#ers in Mrs! LINDE" $#o is in trave in( dress" and s#)ts t#e door!+ Mrs! Linde *in a de1e&ted and timid voi&e+! Ho$ do yo) do" Nora2 Nora *do)bt%) y+! Ho$ do yo) do--Mrs! Linde! 3o) don't re&o(nise me" I s)ppose! Nora! No" I don't kno$--yes" to be s)re" I seem to--*S)dden y!+ 3es4 ,#ristine4 Is it rea y yo)2 Mrs! Linde! 3es" it is I! Nora! ,#ristine4 To t#ink o% my not re&o(nisin( yo)4 And yet #o$ &o) d I--*In a (ent e voi&e!+ Ho$ yo) #ave a tered" ,#ristine4 Mrs! Linde! 3es" I #ave indeed! In nine" ten on( years-Nora! Is it so on( sin&e $e met2 I s)ppose it is! T#e ast ei(#t years #ave been a #appy time %or me" I &an te yo)! And so no$ yo) #ave &ome into t#e to$n" and #ave taken t#is on( 1o)rney in $inter--t#at $as p )&ky o% yo)! Mrs! Linde! I arrived by steamer t#is mornin(! Nora! To #ave some %)n at ,#ristmas-time" o% &o)rse! Ho$ de i(#t%) 4 6e $i #ave s)&# %)n to(et#er4 /)t take o%% yo)r t#in(s! 3o) are not &o d" I #ope! *He ps #er!+ No$ $e $i sit do$n by t#e stove" and be &osy! No" take t#is arm&#air0 I $i sit #ere in t#e ro&kin(-&#air! *Takes #er #ands!+ No$ yo) ook ike yo)r o d se % a(ain0 it $as on y t#e %irst moment--3o) are a itt e pa er" ,#ristine" and per#aps a itt e t#inner! Mrs! Linde! And m)&#" m)&# o der" Nora! Nora! Per#aps a itt e o der0 very" very itt e0 &ertain y not m)&#! *Stops s)dden y and speaks serio)s y!+ 6#at a t#o)(#t ess

&reat)re I am" &#atterin( a$ay ike t#is! My poor" dear ,#ristine" do %or(ive me! Mrs! Linde! 6#at do yo) mean" Nora2 Nora *(ent y+! Poor ,#ristine" yo) are a $ido$! Mrs! Linde! 3es0 it is t#ree years a(o no$! Nora! 3es" I kne$0 I sa$ it in t#e papers! I ass)re yo)" ,#ristine" I meant ever so o%ten to $rite to yo) at t#e time" b)t I a $ays p)t it o%% and somet#in( a $ays prevented me! Mrs! Linde! I 5)ite )nderstand" dear! Nora! It $as very bad o% me" ,#ristine! Poor t#in(" #o$ yo) m)st #ave s)%%ered! And #e e%t yo) not#in(2 Mrs! Linde! No! Nora! And no &#i dren2 Mrs! Linde! No! Nora! Not#in( at a " t#en! Mrs! Linde! Not even any sorro$ or (rie% to ive )pon! Nora * ookin( in&red) o)s y at #er+! /)t" ,#ristine" is t#at possib e2 Mrs! Linde *smi es sad y and strokes #er #air+! It sometimes #appens" Nora! Nora! So yo) are 5)ite a one! Ho$ dread%) y sad t#at m)st be! I #ave t#ree ove y &#i dren! 3o) &an't see t#em 1)st no$" %or t#ey are o)t $it# t#eir n)rse! /)t no$ yo) m)st te me a abo)t it! Mrs! Linde! No" no0 I $ant to #ear abo)t yo)! Nora! No" yo) m)st be(in! I m)stn't be se %is# today0 today I m)st on y t#ink o% yo)r a%%airs! /)t t#ere is one t#in( I m)st te yo)! Do yo) kno$ $e #ave 1)st #ad a (reat pie&e o% (ood )&k2 Mrs! Linde! No" $#at is it2

Nora! 7)st %an&y" my #)sband #as been made mana(er o% t#e /ank4 Mrs! Linde! 3o)r #)sband2 6#at (ood )&k4 Nora! 3es" tremendo)s4 A barrister's pro%ession is s)&# an )n&ertain t#in(" espe&ia y i% #e $on't )ndertake )nsavo)ry &ases0 and nat)ra y Torva d #as never been $i in( to do t#at" and I 5)ite a(ree $it# #im! 3o) may ima(ine #o$ p eased $e are4 He is to take )p #is $ork in t#e /ank at t#e Ne$ 3ear" and t#en #e $i #ave a bi( sa ary and ots o% &ommissions! :or t#e %)t)re $e &an ive 5)ite di%%erent y--$e &an do 1)st as $e ike! I %ee so re ieved and so #appy" ,#ristine4 It $i be sp endid to #ave #eaps o% money and not need to #ave any an.iety" $on't it2 Mrs! Linde! 3es" any#o$ I t#ink it $o) d be de i(#t%) to #ave $#at one needs! Nora! No" not on y $#at one needs" b)t #eaps and #eaps o% money! Mrs! Linde *smi in(+! Nora" Nora" #aven't yo) earned sense yet2 In o)r s&#oo days yo) $ere a (reat spendt#ri%t! Nora * a)(#in(+! 3es" t#at is $#at Torva d says no$! *6a(s #er %in(er at #er!+ /)t ;Nora" Nora; is not so si y as yo) t#ink! 6e #ave not been in a position %or me to $aste money! 6e #ave bot# #ad to $ork! Mrs! Linde! 3o) too2 Nora! 3es0 odds and ends" need e$ork" &rot&#et-$ork" embroidery" and t#at kind o% t#in(! *Droppin( #er voi&e!+ And ot#er t#in(s as $e ! 3o) kno$ Torva d e%t #is o%%i&e $#en $e $ere married2 T#ere $as no prospe&t o% promotion t#ere" and #e #ad to try and earn more t#an be%ore! /)t d)rin( t#e %irst year #e over-$orked #imse % dread%) y! 3o) see" #e #ad to make money every $ay #e &o) d" and #e $orked ear y and ate0 b)t #e &o) dn't stand it" and %e dread%) y i " and t#e do&tors said it $as ne&essary %or #im to (o so)t#! Mrs! Linde! 3o) spent a $#o e year in Ita y" didn't yo)2 Nora! 3es! It $as no easy matter to (et a$ay" I &an te yo)! It $as 1)st a%ter Ivar $as born0 b)t nat)ra y $e #ad to (o! It $as a $onder%) y bea)ti%) 1o)rney" and it saved Torva d's i%e! /)t it &ost a tremendo)s ot o% money" ,#ristine!

Mrs! Linde! So I s#o) d t#ink! Nora! It &ost abo)t t$o #)ndred and %i%ty po)nds! T#at's a ot" isn't it2 Mrs! Linde! 3es" and in emer(en&ies ike t#at it is )&ky to #ave t#e money! Nora! I o)(#t to te yo) t#at $e #ad it %rom papa! Mrs! Linde! O#" I see! It $as 1)st abo)t t#at time t#at #e died" $asn't it2 Nora! 3es0 and" 1)st t#ink o% it" I &o) dn't (o and n)rse #im! I $as e.pe&tin( itt e Ivar's birt# every day and I #ad my poor si&k Torva d to ook a%ter! My dear" kind %at#er--I never sa$ #im a(ain" ,#ristine! T#at $as t#e saddest time I #ave kno$n sin&e o)r marria(e! Mrs! Linde! I kno$ #o$ %ond yo) $ere o% #im! And t#en yo) $ent o%% to Ita y2 Nora! 3es0 yo) see $e #ad money t#en" and t#e do&tors insisted on o)r (oin(" so $e started a mont# ater! Mrs! Linde! And yo)r #)sband &ame ba&k 5)ite $e 2 Nora! As so)nd as a be 4 Mrs! Linde! /)t--t#e do&tor2 Nora! 6#at do&tor2 Mrs! Linde! I t#o)(#t yo)r maid said t#e (ent eman $#o arrived #ere 1)st as I did" $as t#e do&tor2 Nora! 3es" t#at $as Do&tor Rank" b)t #e doesn't &ome #ere pro%essiona y! He is o)r (reatest %riend" and &omes in at east on&e everyday! No" Torva d #as not #ad an #o)r's i ness sin&e t#en" and o)r &#i dren are stron( and #ea t#y and so am I! *7)mps )p and & aps #er #ands!+ ,#ristine4 ,#ristine4 it's (ood to be a ive and #appy4--/)t #o$ #orrid o% me0 I am ta kin( o% not#in( b)t my o$n a%%airs! *Sits on a stoo near #er" and rests #er arms on #er knees!+ 3o) m)stn't be an(ry $it# me! Te me" is it rea y tr)e t#at yo) did not ove yo)r #)sband2 6#y did yo) marry

#im2 Mrs! Linde! My mot#er $as a ive t#en" and $as bedridden and #e p ess" and I #ad to provide %or my t$o yo)n(er brot#ers0 so I did not t#ink I $as 1)sti%ied in re%)sin( #is o%%er! Nora! No" per#aps yo) $ere 5)ite ri(#t! He $as ri&# at t#at time" t#en2 Mrs! Linde! I be ieve #e $as 5)ite $e o%%! /)t #is b)siness $as a pre&ario)s one0 and" $#en #e died" it a $ent to pie&es and t#ere $as not#in( e%t! Nora! And t#en2-Mrs! Linde! 6e " I #ad to t)rn my #and to anyt#in( I &o) d %ind-%irst a sma s#op" t#en a sma s&#oo " and so on! T#e ast t#ree years #ave seemed ike one on( $orkin(-day" $it# no rest! No$ it is at an end" Nora! My poor mot#er needs me no more" %or s#e is (one0 and t#e boys do not need me eit#er0 t#ey #ave (ot sit)ations and &an s#i%t %or t#emse ves! Nora! 6#at a re ie% yo) m)st %ee i%-Mrs! Linde! No" indeed0 I on y %ee my i%e )nspeakab y empty! No one to ive %or anymore! *8ets )p rest ess y!+ T#at $as $#y I &o) d not stand t#e i%e in my itt e ba&k$ater any on(er! I #ope it may be easier #ere to %ind somet#in( $#i&# $i b)sy me and o&&)py my t#o)(#ts! I% on y I &o) d #ave t#e (ood )&k to (et some re() ar $ork--o%%i&e $ork o% some kind-Nora! /)t" ,#ristine" t#at is so %ri(#t%) y tirin(" and yo) ook tired o)t no$! 3o) #ad %ar better (o a$ay to some $aterin(-p a&e! Mrs! Linde *$a kin( to t#e $indo$+! I #ave no %at#er to (ive me money %or a 1o)rney" Nora! Nora *risin(+! O#" don't be an(ry $it# me4 Mrs! Linde *(oin( )p to #er+! It is yo) t#at m)st not be an(ry $it# me" dear! T#e $orst o% a position ike mine is t#at it makes one so bitter! No one to $ork %or" and yet ob i(ed to be a $ays on t#e ooko)t %or &#an&es! One m)st ive" and so one be&omes se %is#! 6#en yo) to d me o% t#e #appy t)rn yo)r %ort)nes #ave taken--yo) $i #ard y be ieve it--I $as de i(#ted not so m)&# on yo)r a&&o)nt as on my o$n!

Nora! Ho$ do yo) mean2--O#" I )nderstand! 3o) mean t#at per#aps Torva d &o) d (et yo) somet#in( to do! Mrs! Linde! 3es" t#at $as $#at I $as t#inkin( o%! Nora! He m)st" ,#ristine! 7)st eave it to me0 I $i broa&# t#e s)b1e&t very & ever y--I $i t#ink o% somet#in( t#at $i p ease #im very m)&#! It $i make me so #appy to be o% some )se to yo)! Mrs! Linde! Ho$ kind yo) are" Nora" to be so an.io)s to #e p me4 It is do)b y kind in yo)" %or yo) kno$ so itt e o% t#e b)rdens and tro)b es o% i%e! Nora! I--2 I kno$ so itt e o% t#em2 Mrs! Linde *smi in(+! My dear4 Sma #o)se#o d &ares and t#at sort o% t#in(4--3o) are a &#i d" Nora! Nora *tosses #er #ead and &rosses t#e sta(e+! 3o) o)(#t not to be so s)perior! Mrs! Linde! No2 Nora! 3o) are 1)st ike t#e ot#ers! T#ey a t#ink t#at I am in&apab e o% anyt#in( rea y serio)s-Mrs! Linde! ,ome" &ome-Nora!--t#at I #ave (one t#ro)(# not#in( in t#is $or d o% &ares! Mrs! Linde! /)t" my dear Nora" yo) #ave 1)st to d me a yo)r tro)b es! Nora! Poo#4--t#ose $ere tri% es! *Lo$erin( #er voi&e!+ I #ave not to d yo) t#e important t#in(! Mrs! Linde! T#e important t#in(2 6#at do yo) mean2 Nora! 3o) ook do$n )pon me a to(et#er" ,#ristine--b)t yo) o)(#t not to! 3o) are pro)d" aren't yo)" o% #avin( $orked so #ard and so on( %or yo)r mot#er2 Mrs! Linde! Indeed" I don't ook do$n on anyone! /)t it is tr)e t#at I am bot# pro)d and ( ad to t#ink t#at I $as privi e(ed to make t#e end o% my mot#er's i%e a most %ree %rom &are!

Nora! And yo) are pro)d to t#ink o% $#at yo) #ave done %or yo)r brot#ers2 Mrs! Linde! I t#ink I #ave t#e ri(#t to be! Nora! I t#ink so" too! /)t no$" isten to t#is0 I too #ave somet#in( to be pro)d and ( ad o%! Mrs! Linde! I #ave no do)bt yo) #ave! /)t $#at do yo) re%er to2 Nora! Speak o$! S)ppose Torva d $ere to #ear4 He m)stn't on any a&&o)nt--no one in t#e $or d m)st kno$" ,#ristine" e.&ept yo)! Mrs! Linde! /)t $#at is it2 Nora! ,ome #ere! *P) s #er do$n on t#e so%a beside #er!+ No$ I $i s#o$ yo) t#at I too #ave somet#in( to be pro)d and ( ad o%! It $as I $#o saved Torva d's i%e! Mrs! Linde! ;Saved;2 Ho$2 Nora! I to d yo) abo)t o)r trip to Ita y! Torva d $o) d never #ave re&overed i% #e #ad not (one t#ere-Mrs! Linde! 3es" b)t yo)r %at#er (ave yo) t#e ne&essary %)nds! Nora *smi in(+! 3es" t#at is $#at Torva d and a t#e ot#ers t#ink" b)t-Mrs! Linde! /)t-Nora! Papa didn't (ive )s a s#i in(! It $as I $#o pro&)red t#e money! Mrs! Linde! 3o)2 A t#at ar(e s)m2 Nora! T$o #)ndred and %i%ty po)nds! 6#at do yo) t#ink o% t#at2 Mrs! Linde! /)t" Nora" #o$ &o) d yo) possib y do it2 Did yo) $in a pri<e in t#e Lottery2 Nora *&ontempt)o)s y+! In t#e Lottery2 T#ere $o) d #ave been no &redit in t#at! Mrs! Linde! /)t $#ere did yo) (et it %rom" t#en2 Nora *#)mmin(

and smi in( $it# an air o% mystery+! Hm" #m4 A#a4 Mrs! Linde! /e&a)se yo) &o) dn't #ave borro$ed it! Nora! ,o) dn't I2 6#y not2 Mrs! Linde! No" a $i%e &annot borro$ $it#o)t #er #)sband's &onsent! Nora *tossin( #er #ead+! O#" i% it is a $i%e $#o #as any #ead %or b)siness--a $i%e $#o #as t#e $it to be a itt e bit & ever-Mrs! Linde! I don't )nderstand it at a " Nora! Nora! T#ere is no need yo) s#o) d! I never said I #ad borro$ed t#e money! I may #ave (ot it some ot#er $ay! *Lies ba&k on t#e so%a!+ Per#aps I (ot it %rom some ot#er admirer! 6#en anyone is as attra&tive as I am-Mrs! Linde! 3o) are a mad &reat)re! Nora! No$" yo) kno$ yo)'re %) o% &)riosity" ,#ristine! Mrs! Linde! Listen to me" Nora dear! Haven't yo) been a itt e bit impr)dent2 Nora *sits )p strai(#t+! Is it impr)dent to save yo)r #)sband's i%e2 Mrs! Linde! It seems to me impr)dent" $it#o)t #is kno$ ed(e" to-Nora! /)t it $as abso )te y ne&essary t#at #e s#o) d not kno$4 My (oodness" &an't yo) )nderstand t#at2 It $as ne&essary #e s#o) d #ave no idea $#at a dan(ero)s &ondition #e $as in! It $as to me t#at t#e do&tors &ame and said t#at #is i%e $as in dan(er" and t#at t#e on y t#in( to save #im $as to ive in t#e so)t#! Do yo) s)ppose I didn't try" %irst o% a " to (et $#at I $anted as i% it $ere %or myse %2 I to d #im #o$ m)&# I s#o) d ove to trave abroad ike ot#er yo)n( $ives0 I tried tears and entreaties $it# #im0 I to d #im t#at #e o)(#t to remember t#e &ondition I $as in" and t#at #e o)(#t to be kind and ind) (ent to me0 I even #inted t#at #e mi(#t raise a oan! T#at near y made #im an(ry" ,#ristine! He said I $as t#o)(#t ess" and t#at it $as #is d)ty as my #)sband not to ind) (e me in my $#ims and &apri&es--as I be ieve #e &a ed t#em! 9ery $e " I t#o)(#t" yo) m)st be saved--and t#at $as #o$ I &ame to devise a $ay o)t o% t#e di%%i&) ty--

Mrs! Linde! And did yo)r #)sband never (et to kno$ %rom yo)r %at#er t#at t#e money #ad not &ome %rom #im2 Nora! No" never! Papa died 1)st at t#at time! I #ad meant to et #im into t#e se&ret and be( #im never to revea it! /)t #e $as so i t#en--a as" t#ere never $as any need to te #im! Mrs! Linde! And sin&e t#en #ave yo) never to d yo)r se&ret to yo)r #)sband2 Nora! 8ood Heavens" no4 Ho$ &o) d yo) t#ink so2 A man $#o #as s)&# stron( opinions abo)t t#ese t#in(s4 And besides" #o$ pain%) and #)mi iatin( it $o) d be %or Torva d" $it# #is man y independen&e" to kno$ t#at #e o$ed me anyt#in(4 It $o) d )pset o)r m)t)a re ations a to(et#er0 o)r bea)ti%) #appy #ome $o) d no on(er be $#at it is no$! Mrs! Linde! Do yo) mean never to te #im abo)t it2 Nora *meditative y" and $it# a #a % smi e+! 3es--someday" per#aps" a%ter many years" $#en I am no on(er as ni&e- ookin( as I am no$! Don't a)(# at me4 I mean" o% &o)rse" $#en Torva d is no on(er as devoted to me as #e is no$0 $#en my dan&in( and dressin(-)p and re&itin( #ave pa ed on #im0 t#en it may be a (ood t#in( to #ave somet#in( in reserve--*/reakin( o%%!+ 6#at nonsense4 T#at time $i never &ome! No$" $#at do yo) t#ink o% my (reat se&ret" ,#ristine2 Do yo) sti t#ink I am o% no )se2 I &an te yo)" too" t#at t#is a%%air #as &a)sed me a ot o% $orry! It #as been by no means easy %or me to meet my en(a(ements p)n&t)a y! I may te yo) t#at t#ere is somet#in( t#at is &a ed" in b)siness" 5)arter y interest" and anot#er t#in( &a ed payment in insta ments" and it is a $ays so dread%) y di%%i&) t to mana(e t#em! I #ave #ad to save a itt e #ere and t#ere" $#ere I &o) d" yo) )nderstand! I #ave not been ab e to p)t aside m)&# %rom my #o)sekeepin( money" %or Torva d m)st #ave a (ood tab e! I &o) dn't et my &#i dren be s#abbi y dressed0 I #ave %e t ob i(ed to )se )p a #e (ave me %or t#em" t#e s$eet itt e dar in(s4 Mrs! Linde! So it #as a #ad to &ome o)t o% yo)r o$n ne&essaries o% i%e" poor Nora2 Nora! O% &o)rse! /esides" I $as t#e one responsib e %or it! 6#enever Torva d #as (iven me money %or ne$ dresses and s)&# t#in(s" I #ave never spent more t#an #a % o% it0 I #ave a $ays bo)(#t t#e simp est and &#eapest t#in(s! T#ank Heaven" any & ot#es ook $e on me"

and so Torva d #as never noti&ed it! /)t it $as o%ten very #ard on me" ,#ristine--be&a)se it is de i(#t%) to be rea y $e dressed" isn't it2 Mrs! Linde! =)ite so! Nora! 6e " t#en I #ave %o)nd ot#er $ays o% earnin( money! Last $inter I $as )&ky eno)(# to (et a ot o% &opyin( to do0 so I o&ked myse % )p and sat $ritin( every evenin( )nti 5)ite ate at ni(#t! Many a time I $as desperate y tired0 b)t a t#e same it $as a tremendo)s p eas)re to sit t#ere $orkin( and earnin( money! It $as ike bein( a man! Mrs! Linde! Ho$ m)&# #ave yo) been ab e to pay o%% in t#at $ay2 Nora! I &an't te yo) e.a&t y! 3o) see" it is very di%%i&) t to keep an a&&o)nt o% a b)siness matter o% t#at kind! I on y kno$ t#at I #ave paid every penny t#at I &o) d s&rape to(et#er! Many a time I $as at my $its' end! *Smi es!+ T#en I )sed to sit #ere and ima(ine t#at a ri&# o d (ent eman #ad %a en in ove $it# me-Mrs! Linde! 6#at4 6#o $as it2 Nora! /e 5)iet4--t#at #e #ad died0 and t#at $#en #is $i $as opened it &ontained" $ritten in bi( etters" t#e instr)&tion> ;T#e ove y Mrs! Nora He mer is to #ave a I possess paid over to #er at on&e in &as#!; Mrs! Linde! /)t" my dear Nora--$#o &o) d t#e man be2 Nora! 8ood (ra&io)s" &an't yo) )nderstand2 T#ere $as no o d (ent eman at a 0 it $as on y somet#in( t#at I )sed to sit #ere and ima(ine" $#en I &o) dn't t#ink o% any $ay o% pro&)rin( money! /)t it's a t#e same no$0 t#e tiresome o d person &an stay $#ere #e is" as %ar as I am &on&erned0 I don't &are abo)t #im or #is $i eit#er" %or I am %ree %rom &are no$! *7)mps )p!+ My (oodness" it's de i(#t%) to t#ink o%" ,#ristine4 :ree %rom &are4 To be ab e to be %ree %rom &are" 5)ite %ree %rom &are0 to be ab e to p ay and romp $it# t#e &#i dren0 to be ab e to keep t#e #o)se bea)ti%) y and #ave everyt#in( 1)st as Torva d ikes it4 And" t#ink o% it" soon t#e sprin( $i &ome and t#e bi( b )e sky4 Per#aps $e s#a be ab e to take a itt e trip--per#aps I s#a see t#e sea a(ain4 O#" it's a $onder%) t#in( to be a ive and be #appy! *A be is #eard in t#e #a !+ Mrs! Linde *risin(+! T#ere is t#e be 0 per#aps I #ad better (o!

Nora! No" don't (o0 no one $i &ome in #ere0 it is s)re to be %or Torva d! Servant *at t#e #a door+! E.&)se me" ma'am--t#ere is a (ent eman to see t#e master" and as t#e do&tor is $it# #im-Nora! 6#o is it2 'ro(stad *at t#e door+! It is I" Mrs! He mer! *Mrs! LINDE starts" tremb es" and t)rns to t#e $indo$!+ Nora *takes a step to$ards #im" and speaks in a strained" o$ voi&e+! 3o)2 6#at is it2 6#at do yo) $ant to see my #)sband abo)t2 'ro(stad! /ank b)siness--in a $ay! I #ave a sma post in t#e /ank" and I #ear yo)r #)sband is to be o)r &#ie% no$-Nora! T#en it is-'ro(stad! Not#in( b)t dry b)siness matters" Mrs! He mer0 abso )te y not#in( e se! Nora! /e so (ood as to (o into t#e st)dy" t#en! *S#e bo$s indi%%erent y to #im and s#)ts t#e door into t#e #a 0 t#en &omes ba&k and makes )p t#e %ire in t#e stove!+ Mrs! Linde! Nora--$#o $as t#at man2 Nora! A a$yer" o% t#e name o% 'ro(stad! Mrs! Linde! T#en it rea y $as #e! Nora! Do yo) kno$ t#e man2 Mrs! Linde! I )sed to--many years a(o! At one time #e $as a so i&itor's & erk in o)r to$n! Nora! 3es" #e $as! Mrs! Linde! He is (reat y a tered! Nora! He made a very )n#appy marria(e! Mrs! Linde! He is a $ido$er no$" isn't #e2

Nora! 6it# severa &#i dren! T#ere no$" it is b)rnin( )p! S#)ts t#e door o% t#e stove and moves t#e ro&kin(-&#air aside!+ Mrs! Linde! T#ey say #e &arries on vario)s kinds o% b)siness! Nora! Rea y4 Per#aps #e does0 I don't kno$ anyt#in( abo)t it! /)t don't et )s t#ink o% b)siness0 it is so tiresome! Do&tor Rank *&omes o)t o% HELMER'S st)dy! /e%ore #e s#)ts t#e door #e &a s to #im+! No" my dear %e o$" I $on't dist)rb yo)0 I $o) d rat#er (o in to yo)r $i%e %or a itt e $#i e! *S#)ts t#e door and sees Mrs! LINDE!+ I be( yo)r pardon0 I am a%raid I am dist)rbin( yo) too! Nora! No" not at a ! *Introd)&in( #im+! Do&tor Rank" Mrs! Linde! Rank! I #ave o%ten #eard Mrs! Linde's name mentioned #ere! I t#ink I passed yo) on t#e stairs $#en I arrived" Mrs! Linde2 Mrs! Linde! 3es" I (o )p very s o$ y0 I &an't mana(e stairs $e ! Rank! A#4 some s i(#t interna $eakness2 Mrs! Linde! No" t#e %a&t is I #ave been over$orkin( myse %! Rank! Not#in( more t#an t#at2 T#en I s)ppose yo) #ave &ome to to$n to am)se yo)rse % $it# o)r entertainments2 Mrs! Linde! I #ave &ome to ook %or $ork! Rank! Is t#at a (ood &)re %or over$ork2 Mrs! Linde! One m)st ive" Do&tor Rank! Rank! 3es" t#e (enera opinion seems to be t#at it is ne&essary! Nora! Look #ere" Do&tor Rank--yo) kno$ yo) $ant to ive! Rank! ,ertain y! Ho$ever $ret&#ed I may %ee " I $ant to pro on( t#e a(ony as on( as possib e! A my patients are ike t#at! And so are t#ose $#o are mora y diseased0 one o% t#em" and a bad &ase too" is at t#is very moment $it# He mer-Mrs! Linde *sad y+! A#4

Nora! 6#om do yo) mean2 Rank! A a$yer o% t#e name o% 'ro(stad" a %e o$ yo) don't kno$ at a ! He s)%%ers %rom a diseased mora &#ara&ter" Mrs! He mer0 b)t even #e be(an ta kin( o% its bein( #i(# y important t#at #e s#o) d ive! Nora! Did #e2 6#at did #e $ant to speak to Torva d abo)t2 Rank! I #ave no idea0 I on y #eard t#at it $as somet#in( abo)t t#e /ank! Nora! I didn't kno$ t#is--$#at's #is name--'ro(stad #ad anyt#in( to do $it# t#e /ank! Rank! 3es" #e #as some sort o% appointment t#ere! *To Mrs! LINDE!+ I don't kno$ $#et#er yo) %ind a so in yo)r part o% t#e $or d t#at t#ere are &ertain peop e $#o (o <ea o)s y sn)%%in( abo)t to sme o)t mora &orr)ption" and" as soon as t#ey #ave %o)nd some" p)t t#e person &on&erned into some )&rative position $#ere t#ey &an keep t#eir eye on #im! Hea t#y nat)res are e%t o)t in t#e &o d! Mrs! Linde! Sti I t#ink t#e si&k are t#ose $#o most need takin( &are o%! Rank *s#r)((in( #is s#o) ders+! 3es" t#ere yo) are! T#at is t#e sentiment t#at is t)rnin( So&iety into a si&k-#o)se! *NORA" $#o #as been absorbed in #er t#o)(#ts" breaks o)t into smot#ered a)(#ter and & aps #er #ands!+ Rank! 6#y do yo) a)(# at t#at2 Have yo) any notion $#at So&iety rea y is2 Nora! 6#at do I &are abo)t tiresome So&iety2 I am a)(#in( at somet#in( 5)ite di%%erent" somet#in( e.treme y am)sin(! Te me" Do&tor Rank" are a t#e peop e $#o are emp oyed in t#e /ank dependent on Torva d no$2 Rank! Is t#at $#at yo) %ind so e.treme y am)sin(2 Nora *smi in( and #)mmin(+! T#at's my a%%air4 *6a kin( abo)t t#e room!+ It's per%e&t y ( orio)s to t#ink t#at $e #ave--t#at Torva d #as so m)&# po$er over so many peop e! *Takes t#e pa&ket %rom #er po&ket!+ Do&tor Rank" $#at do yo) say to a ma&aroon2

Rank! 6#at" ma&aroons2 I t#o)(#t t#ey $ere %orbidden #ere! Nora! 3es" b)t t#ese are some ,#ristine (ave me! Mrs! Linde! 6#at4 I2-Nora! O#" $e " don't be a armed4 3o) &o) dn't kno$ t#at Torva d #ad %orbidden t#em! I m)st te yo) t#at #e is a%raid t#ey $i spoi my teet#! /)t" ba#4--on&e in a $ay--T#at's so" isn't it" Do&tor Rank2 /y yo)r eave4 *P)ts a ma&aroon into #is mo)t#!+ 3o) m)st #ave one too" ,#ristine! And I s#a #ave one" 1)st a itt e one--or at most t$o! *6a kin( abo)t!+ I am tremendo)s y #appy! T#ere is 1)st one t#in( in t#e $or d no$ t#at I s#o) d dear y ove to do! Rank! 6e " $#at is t#at2 Nora! It's somet#in( I s#o) d dear y ove to say" i% Torva d &o) d #ear me! Rank! 6e " $#y &an't yo) say it2 Nora! No" I daren't0 it's so s#o&kin(! Mrs! Linde! S#o&kin(2 Rank! 6e " I s#o) d not advise yo) to say it! Sti " $it# )s yo) mi(#t! 6#at is it yo) $o) d so m)&# ike to say i% Torva d &o) d #ear yo)2 Nora! I s#o) d 1)st ove to say--6e " I'm damned4 Rank! Are yo) mad2 Mrs! Linde! Nora" dear--4 Rank! Say it" #ere #e is4 Nora *#idin( t#e pa&ket+! H)s#4 H)s#4 H)s#4 *HELMER &omes o)t o% #is room" $it# #is &oat over #is arm and #is #at in #is #and!+ Nora! 6e " Torva d dear" #ave yo) (ot rid o% #im2 He mer! 3es" #e #as 1)st (one!

Nora! Let me introd)&e yo)--t#is is ,#ristine" $#o #as &ome to to$n! He mer! ,#ristine--2 E.&)se me" b)t I don't kno$-Nora! Mrs! Linde" dear0 ,#ristine Linde! He mer! O% &o)rse! A s&#oo %riend o% my $i%e's" I pres)me2 Mrs! Linde! 3es" $e #ave kno$n ea&# ot#er sin&e t#en! Nora! And 1)st t#ink" s#e #as taken a on( 1o)rney in order to see yo)! He mer! 6#at do yo) mean2 Mrs! Linde! No" rea y" I-Nora! ,#ristine is tremendo)s y & ever at book-keepin(" and s#e is %ri(#t%) y an.io)s to $ork )nder some & ever man" so as to per%e&t #erse %-He mer! 9ery sensib e" Mrs! Linde! Nora! And $#en s#e #eard yo) #ad been appointed mana(er o% t#e /ank--t#e ne$s $as te e(rap#ed" yo) kno$--s#e trave ed #ere as 5)i&k as s#e &o) d! Torva d" I am s)re yo) $i be ab e to do somet#in( %or ,#ristine" %or my sake" $on't yo)2 He mer! 6e " it is not a to(et#er impossib e! I pres)me yo) are a $ido$" Mrs! Linde2 Mrs! Linde! 3es! He mer! And #ave #ad some e.perien&e o% book-keepin(2 Mrs! Linde! 3es" a %air amo)nt! He mer! A#4 $e " it's very ike y I may be ab e to %ind somet#in( %or yo)-Nora *& appin( #er #ands+! 6#at did I te yo)2 6#at did I te yo)2 He mer! 3o) #ave 1)st &ome at a %ort)nate moment" Mrs! Linde! Mrs! Linde! Ho$ am I to t#ank yo)2 He mer! T#ere is no need! *P)ts on #is &oat!+ /)t today yo) m)st e.&)se me--

Rank! 6ait a min)te0 I $i &ome $it# yo)! */rin(s #is %)r &oat %rom t#e #a and $arms it at t#e %ire!+ Nora! Don't be on( a$ay" Torva d dear! He mer! Abo)t an #o)r" not more! Nora! Are yo) (oin( too" ,#ristine2 Mrs! Linde *p)ttin( on #er & oak+! 3es" I m)st (o and ook %or a room! He mer! O#" $e t#en" $e &an $a k do$n t#e street to(et#er! Nora *#e pin( #er+! 6#at a pity it is $e are so s#ort o% spa&e #ere0 I am a%raid it is impossib e %or )s-Mrs! Linde! P ease don't t#ink o% it4 8oodbye" Nora dear" and many t#anks! Nora! 8oodbye %or t#e present! O% &o)rse yo) $i &ome ba&k t#is evenin(! And yo) too" Dr! Rank! 6#at do yo) say2 I% yo) are $e eno)(#2 O#" yo) m)st be4 6rap yo)rse % )p $e ! *T#ey (o to t#e door a ta kin( to(et#er! ,#i dren's voi&es are #eard on t#e stair&ase!+ Nora! T#ere t#ey are4 T#ere t#ey are4 *S#e r)ns to open t#e door! T#e NURSE &omes in $it# t#e &#i dren!+ ,ome in4 ,ome in4 *Stoops and kisses t#em!+ O#" yo) s$eet b essin(s4 Look at t#em" ,#ristine4 Aren't t#ey dar in(s2 Rank! Don't et )s stand #ere in t#e dra)(#t! He mer! ,ome a on(" Mrs! Linde0 t#e p a&e $i on y be bearab e %or a mot#er no$4 *RAN'" HELMER" and Mrs! LINDE (o do$nstairs! T#e NURSE &omes %or$ard $it# t#e &#i dren0 NORA s#)ts t#e #a door!+ Nora! Ho$ %res# and $e yo) ook4 S)&# red &#eeks ike app es and roses! *T#e &#i dren a ta k at on&e $#i e s#e speaks to t#em!+ Have yo) #ad (reat %)n2 T#at's sp endid4 6#at" yo) p) ed bot# Emmy and /ob a on( on t#e s ed(e2 --bot# at on&e2--t#at $as (ood! 3o) are a & ever boy" Ivar! Let me take #er %or a itt e" Anne! My s$eet itt e baby do 4 *Takes t#e baby %rom t#e MAID

and dan&es it )p and do$n!+ 3es" yes" mot#er $i dan&e $it# /ob too! 6#at4 Have yo) been sno$ba in(2 I $is# I #ad been t#ere too4 No" no" I $i take t#eir t#in(s o%%" Anne0 p ease et me do it" it is s)&# %)n! 8o in no$" yo) ook #a % %ro<en! T#ere is some #ot &o%%ee %or yo) on t#e stove! *T#e NURSE (oes into t#e room on t#e e%t! NORA takes o%% t#e &#i dren's t#in(s and t#ro$s t#em abo)t" $#i e t#ey a ta k to #er at on&e!+ Nora! Rea y4 Did a bi( do( r)n a%ter yo)2 /)t it didn't bite yo)2 No" do(s don't bite ni&e itt e do y &#i dren! 3o) m)stn't ook at t#e par&e s" Ivar! 6#at are t#ey2 A#" I daresay yo) $o) d ike to kno$! No" no--it's somet#in( nasty4 ,ome" et )s #ave a (ame4 6#at s#a $e p ay at2 Hide and Seek2 3es" $e' p ay Hide and Seek! /ob s#a #ide %irst! M)st I #ide2 9ery $e " I' #ide %irst! *S#e and t#e &#i dren a)(# and s#o)t" and romp in and o)t o% t#e room0 at ast NORA #ides )nder t#e tab e" t#e &#i dren r)s# in and o)t %or #er" b)t do not see #er0 t#ey #ear #er smot#ered a)(#ter" r)n to t#e tab e" i%t )p t#e & ot# and %ind #er! S#o)ts o% a)(#ter! S#e &ra$ s %or$ard and pretends to %ri(#ten t#em! :res# a)(#ter! Mean$#i e t#ere #as been a kno&k at t#e #a door" b)t none o% t#em #as noti&ed it! T#e door is #a % opened" and 'RO8STAD appears" ie $aits a itt e0 t#e (ame (oes on!+ 'ro(stad! E.&)se me" Mrs! He mer! Nora *$it# a sti% ed &ry" t)rns ro)nd and (ets )p on to #er knees+! A#4 $#at do yo) $ant2 'ro(stad! E.&)se me" t#e o)ter door $as a1ar0 I s)ppose someone %or(ot to s#)t it! Nora *risin(+! My #)sband is o)t" Mr! 'ro(stad! 'ro(stad! I kno$ t#at! Nora! 6#at do yo) $ant #ere" t#en2 'ro(stad! A $ord $it# yo)! Nora! 6it# me2--*To t#e &#i dren" (ent y!+ 8o in to n)rse! 6#at2 No" t#e stran(e man $on't do mot#er any #arm! 6#en #e #as (one $e $i #ave anot#er (ame! *S#e takes t#e &#i dren into t#e room on t#e e%t" and s#)ts t#e door a%ter t#em!+ 3o) $ant to speak to

me2 'ro(stad! 3es" I do! Nora! Today2 It is not t#e %irst o% t#e mont# yet! 'ro(stad! No" it is ,#ristmas Eve" and it $i depend on yo)rse % $#at sort o% a ,#ristmas yo) $i spend! Nora! 6#at do yo) mean2 Today it is abso )te y impossib e %or me-'ro(stad! 6e $on't ta k abo)t t#at )nti ater on! T#is is somet#in( di%%erent! I pres)me yo) &an (ive me a moment2 Nora! 3es--yes" I &an--a t#o)(#-'ro(stad! 8ood! I $as in O sen's Resta)rant and sa$ yo)r #)sband (oin( do$n t#e street-Nora! 3es2 'ro(stad! 6it# a ady! Nora! 6#at t#en2 'ro(stad! May I make so bo d as to ask i% it $as a Mrs! Linde2 Nora! It $as! 'ro(stad! 7)st arrived in to$n2 Nora! 3es" today! 'ro(stad! S#e is a (reat %riend o% yo)rs" isn't s#e2 Nora! S#e is! /)t I don't see-'ro(stad! I kne$ #er too" on&e )pon a time! Nora! I am a$are o% t#at! 'ro(stad! Are yo)2 So yo) kno$ a abo)t it0 I t#o)(#t as m)&#! T#en I &an ask yo)" $it#o)t beatin( abo)t t#e b)s#--is Mrs! Linde to #ave an appointment in t#e /ank2 Nora! 6#at ri(#t #ave yo) to 5)estion me" Mr! 'ro(stad2--3o)" one

o% my #)sband's s)bordinates4 /)t sin&e yo) ask" yo) s#a kno$! 3es" Mrs! Linde is to #ave an appointment! And it $as I $#o p eaded #er &a)se" Mr! 'ro(stad" et me te yo) t#at! 'ro(stad! I $as ri(#t in $#at I t#o)(#t" t#en! Nora *$a kin( )p and do$n t#e sta(e+! Sometimes one #as a tiny itt e bit o% in% )en&e" I s#o) d #ope! /e&a)se one is a $oman" it does not ne&essari y %o o$ t#at--! 6#en anyone is in a s)bordinate position" Mr! 'ro(stad" t#ey s#o) d rea y be &are%) to avoid o%%endin( anyone $#o--$#o-'ro(stad! 6#o #as in% )en&e2 Nora! E.a&t y! 'ro(stad *&#an(in( #is tone+! Mrs! He mer" yo) $i be so (ood as to )se yo)r in% )en&e on my be#a %! Nora! 6#at2 6#at do yo) mean2 'ro(stad! 3o) $i be so kind as to see t#at I am a o$ed to keep my s)bordinate position in t#e /ank! Nora! 6#at do yo) mean by t#at2 6#o proposes to take yo)r post a$ay %rom yo)2 'ro(stad! O#" t#ere is no ne&essity to keep )p t#e preten&e o% i(noran&e! I &an 5)ite )nderstand t#at yo)r %riend is not very an.io)s to e.pose #erse % to t#e &#an&e o% r)bbin( s#o) ders $it# me0 and I 5)ite )nderstand" too" $#om I #ave to t#ank %or bein( t)rned o%%! Nora! /)t I ass)re yo)-'ro(stad! 9ery ike y0 b)t" to &ome to t#e point" t#e time #as &ome $#en I s#o) d advise yo) to )se yo)r in% )en&e to prevent t#at! Nora! /)t" Mr! 'ro(stad" I #ave no in% )en&e! 'ro(stad! Haven't yo)2 I t#o)(#t yo) said yo)rse % 1)st no$-Nora! Nat)ra y I did not mean yo) to p)t t#at &onstr)&tion on it! I4 6#at s#o) d make yo) t#ink I #ave any in% )en&e o% t#at kind $it# my #)sband2

'ro(stad! O#" I #ave kno$n yo)r #)sband %rom o)r st)dent days! I don't s)ppose #e is any more )nassai ab e t#an ot#er #)sbands! Nora! I% yo) speak s i(#tin( y o% my #)sband" I s#a t)rn yo) o)t o% t#e #o)se! 'ro(stad! 3o) are bo d" Mrs! He mer! Nora! I am not a%raid o% yo) any on(er! As soon as t#e Ne$ 3ear &omes" I s#a in a very s#ort time be %ree o% t#e $#o e t#in(! 'ro(stad *&ontro in( #imse %+! Listen to me" Mrs! He mer! I% ne&essary+ I am prepared to %i(#t %or my sma post in t#e /ank as i% I $ere %i(#tin( %or my i%e! Nora! So it seems! 'ro(stad! It is not on y %or t#e sake o% t#e money0 indeed" t#at $ei(#s east $it# me in t#e matter! T#ere is anot#er reason-$e " I may as $e te yo)! My position is t#is! I daresay yo) kno$" ike everybody e se" t#at on&e" many years a(o" I $as ()i ty o% an indis&retion! Nora! I t#ink I #ave #eard somet#in( o% t#e kind! 'ro(stad! T#e matter never &ame into &o)rt0 b)t every $ay seemed to be & osed to me a%ter t#at! So I took to t#e b)siness t#at yo) kno$ o%! I #ad to do somet#in(0 and" #onest y" I don't t#ink I've been one o% t#e $orst! /)t no$ I m)st &)t myse % %ree %rom a t#at! My sons are (ro$in( )p0 %or t#eir sake I m)st try and $in ba&k as m)&# respe&t as I &an in t#e to$n! T#is post in t#e /ank $as ike t#e %irst step )p %or me--and no$ yo)r #)sband is (oin( to ki&k me do$nstairs a(ain into t#e m)d! Nora! /)t yo) m)st be ieve me" Mr! 'ro(stad0 it is not in my po$er to #e p yo) at a ! 'ro(stad! T#en it is be&a)se yo) #aven't t#e $i 0 b)t I #ave means to &ompe yo)! Nora! 3o) don't mean t#at yo) $i te my #)sband t#at I o$e yo) money2 'ro(stad! Hm4--s)ppose I $ere to te #im2

Nora! It $o) d be per%e&t y in%amo)s o% yo)! *Sobbin(!+ To t#ink o% #is earnin( my se&ret" $#i&# #as been my 1oy and pride" in s)&# an )( y" & )msy $ay--t#at #e s#o) d earn it %rom yo)4 And it $o) d p)t me in a #orrib y disa(reeab e position-'ro(stad! On y disa(reeab e2 Nora *impet)o)s y+! 6e " do it" t#en4--and it $i be t#e $orse %or yo)! My #)sband $i see %or #imse % $#at a b a&k()ard yo) are" and yo) &ertain y $on't keep yo)r post t#en! 'ro(stad! I asked yo) i% it $as on y a disa(reeab e s&ene at #ome t#at yo) $ere a%raid o%2 Nora! I% my #)sband does (et to kno$ o% it" o% &o)rse #e $i at on&e pay yo) $#at is sti o$in(" and $e s#a #ave not#in( more to do $it# yo)! 'ro(stad *&omin( a step nearer+! Listen to me" Mrs! He mer! Eit#er yo) #ave a very bad memory or yo) kno$ very itt e o% b)siness! I s#a be ob i(ed to remind yo) o% a %e$ detai s! Nora! 6#at do yo) mean2 'ro(stad! 6#en yo)r #)sband $as i " yo) &ame to me to borro$ t$o #)ndred and %i%ty po)nds! Nora! I didn't kno$ anyone e se to (o to! 'ro(stad! I promised to (et yo) t#at amo)nt-Nora! 3es" and yo) did so! 'ro(stad! I promised to (et yo) t#at amo)nt" on &ertain &onditions! 3o)r mind $as so taken )p $it# yo)r #)sband's i ness" and yo) $ere so an.io)s to (et t#e money %or yo)r 1o)rney" t#at yo) seem to #ave paid no attention to t#e &onditions o% o)r bar(ain! T#ere%ore it $i not be amiss i% I remind yo) o% t#em! No$" I promised to (et t#e money on t#e se&)rity o% a bond $#i&# I dre$ )p! Nora! 3es" and $#i&# I si(ned! 'ro(stad! 8ood! /)t be o$ yo)r si(nat)re t#ere $ere a %e$ ines &onstit)tin( yo)r %at#er a s)rety %or t#e money0 t#ose ines yo)r %at#er s#o) d #ave si(ned!

Nora! S#o) d2 He did si(n t#em! 'ro(stad! I #ad e%t t#e date b ank0 t#at is to say" yo)r %at#er s#o) d #imse % #ave inserted t#e date on $#i&# #e si(ned t#e paper! Do yo) remember t#at2 Nora! 3es" I t#ink I remember-'ro(stad! T#en I (ave yo) t#e bond to send by post to yo)r %at#er! Is t#at not so2 Nora! 3es! 'ro(stad! And yo) nat)ra y did so at on&e" be&a)se %ive or si. days a%ter$ards yo) bro)(#t me t#e bond $it# yo)r %at#er's si(nat)re! And t#en I (ave yo) t#e money! Nora! 6e " #aven't I been payin( it o%% re() ar y2 'ro(stad! :air y so" yes! /)t--to &ome ba&k to t#e matter in #and--t#at m)st #ave been a very tryin( time %or yo)" Mrs! He mer2 Nora! It $as" indeed! 'ro(stad! 3o)r %at#er $as very i " $asn't #e2 Nora! He $as very near #is end! 'ro(stad! And died soon a%ter$ards2 Nora! 3es! 'ro(stad! Te me" Mrs! He mer" &an yo) by any &#an&e remember $#at day yo)r %at#er died2--on $#at day o% t#e mont#" I mean! Nora! Papa died on t#e ?@t# o% September! 'ro(stad! T#at is &orre&t0 I #ave as&ertained it %or myse %! And" as t#at is so" t#ere is a dis&repan&y *takin( a paper %rom #is po&ket+ $#i&# I &annot a&&o)nt %or! Nora! 6#at dis&repan&y2 I don't kno$-'ro(stad! T#e dis&repan&y &onsists" Mrs! He mer" in t#e %a&t t#at

yo)r %at#er si(ned t#is bond t#ree days a%ter #is deat#! Nora! 6#at do yo) mean2 I don't )nderstand-'ro(stad! 3o)r %at#er died on t#e ?@t# o% September! /)t" ook #ere0 yo)r %at#er #as dated #is si(nat)re t#e ?nd o% O&tober! It is a dis&repan&y" isn't it2 *NORA is si ent!+ ,an yo) e.p ain it to me2 *NORA is sti si ent!+ It is a remarkab e t#in(" too" t#at t#e $ords ;?nd o% O&tober"; as $e as t#e year" are not $ritten in yo)r %at#er's #and$ritin( b)t in one t#at I t#ink I kno$! 6e " o% &o)rse it &an be e.p ained0 yo)r %at#er may #ave %or(otten to date #is si(nat)re" and someone e se may #ave dated it #ap#a<ard be%ore t#ey kne$ o% #is deat#! T#ere is no #arm in t#at! It a depends on t#e si(nat)re o% t#e name0 and t#at is (en)ine" I s)ppose" Mrs! He mer2 It $as yo)r %at#er #imse % $#o si(ned #is name #ere2 Nora *a%ter a s#ort pa)se" t#ro$s #er #ead )p and ooks de%iant y at #im+! No" it $as not! It $as I t#at $rote papa's name! 'ro(stad! Are yo) a$are t#at is a dan(ero)s &on%ession2 Nora! In $#at $ay2 3o) s#a #ave yo)r money soon! 'ro(stad! Let me ask yo) a 5)estion0 $#y did yo) not send t#e paper to yo)r %at#er2 Nora! It $as impossib e0 papa $as so i ! I% I #ad asked #im %or #is si(nat)re" I s#o) d #ave #ad to te #im $#at t#e money $as to be )sed %or0 and $#en #e $as so i #imse % I &o) dn't te #im t#at my #)sband's i%e $as in dan(er--it $as impossib e! 'ro(stad! It $o) d #ave been better %or yo) i% yo) #ad (iven )p yo)r trip abroad! Nora! No" t#at $as impossib e! T#at trip $as to save my #)sband's i%e0 I &o) dn't (ive t#at )p! 'ro(stad! /)t did it never o&&)r to yo) t#at yo) $ere &ommittin( a %ra)d on me2 Nora! I &o) dn't take t#at into a&&o)nt0 I didn't tro)b e myse % abo)t yo) at a ! I &o) dn't bear yo)" be&a)se yo) p)t so many #eart ess di%%i&) ties in my $ay" a t#o)(# yo) kne$ $#at a dan(ero)s &ondition my #)sband $as in!

'ro(stad! Mrs! He mer" yo) evident y do not rea ise & ear y $#at it is t#at yo) #ave been ()i ty o%! /)t I &an ass)re yo) t#at my one %a se step" $#i&# ost me a my rep)tation" $as not#in( more or not#in( $orse t#an $#at yo) #ave done! Nora! 3o)2 Do yo) ask me to be ieve t#at yo) $ere brave eno)(# to r)n a risk to save yo)r $i%e's i%e2 'ro(stad! T#e a$ &ares not#in( abo)t motives! Nora! T#en it m)st be a very %oo is# a$! 'ro(stad! :oo is# or not" it is t#e a$ by $#i&# yo) $i be 1)d(ed" i% I prod)&e t#is paper in &o)rt! Nora! I don't be ieve it! Is a da)(#ter not to be a o$ed to spare #er dyin( %at#er an.iety and &are2 Is a $i%e not to be a o$ed to save #er #)sband's i%e2 I don't kno$ m)&# abo)t a$0 b)t I am &ertain t#at t#ere m)st be a$s permittin( s)&# t#in(s as t#at! Have yo) no kno$ ed(e o% s)&# a$s--yo) $#o are a a$yer2 3o) m)st be a very poor a$yer" Mr! 'ro(stad! 'ro(stad! Maybe! /)t matters o% b)siness--s)&# b)siness as yo) and I #ave #ad to(et#er--do yo) t#ink I don't )nderstand t#at2 9ery $e ! Do as yo) p ease! /)t et me te yo) t#is--i% I ose my position a se&ond time" yo) s#a ose yo)rs $it# me! *He bo$s" and (oes o)t t#ro)(# t#e #a !+ Nora *appears b)ried in t#o)(#t %or a s#ort time" t#en tosses #er #ead+! Nonsense4 Tryin( to %ri(#ten me ike t#at4--I am not so si y as #e t#inks! */e(ins to b)sy #erse % p)ttin( t#e &#i dren's t#in(s in order!+ And yet--2 No" it's impossib e4 I did it %or ove's sake! T#e ,#i dren *in t#e door$ay on t#e e%t+! Mot#er" t#e stran(er man #as (one o)t t#ro)(# t#e (ate! Nora! 3es" dears" I kno$! /)t" don't te anyone abo)t t#e stran(er man! Do yo) #ear2 Not even papa! ,#i dren! No" mot#er0 b)t $i yo) &ome and p ay a(ain2 Nora! No" no"--not no$! ,#i dren! /)t" mot#er" yo) promised )s! Nora! 3es" b)t I &an't no$! R)n a$ay in0 I #ave s)&# a ot to do!

R)n a$ay in" my s$eet itt e dar in(s! *S#e (ets t#em into t#e room by de(rees and s#)ts t#e door on t#em0 t#en sits do$n on t#e so%a" takes )p a pie&e o% need e$ork and se$s a %e$ stit&#es" b)t soon stops!+ No4 *T#ro$s do$n t#e $ork" (ets )p" (oes to t#e #a door and &a s o)t!+ He en4 brin( t#e Tree in! *8oes to t#e tab e on t#e e%t" opens a dra$er" and stops a(ain!+ No" no4 it is 5)ite impossib e4 Maid *&omin( in $it# t#e Tree+! 6#ere s#a I p)t it" ma'am2 Nora! Here" in t#e midd e o% t#e % oor! Maid! S#a I (et yo) anyt#in( e se2 Nora! No" t#ank yo)! I #ave a I $ant! AE.it MAID!B Nora *be(ins dressin( t#e tree+! A &and e #ere-and % o$ers #ere-T#e #orrib e man4 It's a nonsense--t#ere's not#in( $ron(! T#e tree s#a be sp endid4 I $i do everyt#in( I &an t#ink o% to p ease yo)" Torva d4--I $i sin( %or yo)" dan&e %or yo)--*HELMER &omes in $it# some papers )nder #is arm!+ O#4 are yo) ba&k a ready2! He mer! 3es! Has anyone been #ere2 Nora! Here2 No! He mer! T#at is stran(e! I sa$ 'ro(stad (oin( o)t o% t#e (ate! Nora! Did yo)2 O# yes" I %or(ot" 'ro(stad $as #ere %or a moment! He mer! Nora" I &an see %rom yo)r manner t#at #e #as been #ere be((in( yo) to say a (ood $ord %or #im! Nora! 3es! He mer! And yo) $ere to appear to do it o% yo)r o$n a&&ord0 yo) $ere to &on&ea %rom me t#e %a&t o% #is #avin( been #ere0 didn't #e be( t#at o% yo) too2 Nora! 3es" Torva d" b)t-He mer! Nora" Nora" and yo) $o) d be a party to t#at sort o% t#in(2 To #ave any ta k $it# a man ike t#at" and (ive #im any sort o% promise2 And to te me a ie into t#e bar(ain2

Nora! A ie--2 He mer! Didn't yo) te me no one #ad been #ere2 *S#akes #is %in(er at #er!+ My itt e son(bird m)st never do t#at a(ain! A son(bird m)st #ave a & ean beak to &#irp $it#--no %a se notes4 *P)ts #is arm ro)nd #er $aist!+ T#at is so" isn't it2 3es" I am s)re it is! *Lets #er (o!+ 6e $i say no more abo)t it! *Sits do$n by t#e stove!+ Ho$ $arm and sn)( it is #ere4 *T)rns over #is papers!+ Nora *a%ter a s#ort pa)se" d)rin( $#i&# s#e b)sies #erse % $it# t#e ,#ristmas Tree!+ Torva d4 He mer! 3es! Nora! I am ookin( %or$ard tremendo)s y to t#e %an&y-dress ba at t#e Stenbor(s' t#e day a%ter tomorro$! He mer! And I am tremendo)s y &)rio)s to see $#at yo) are (oin( to s)rprise me $it#! Nora! It $as very si y o% me to $ant to do t#at! He mer! 6#at do yo) mean2 Nora! I &an't #it )pon anyt#in( t#at $i do0 everyt#in( I t#ink o% seems so si y and insi(ni%i&ant! He mer! Does my itt e Nora a&kno$ ed(e t#at at ast2 Nora *standin( be#ind #is &#air $it# #er arms on t#e ba&k o% it+! Are yo) very b)sy" Torva d2 He mer! 6e -Nora! 6#at are a t#ose papers2 He mer! /ank b)siness! Nora! A ready2 He mer! I #ave (ot a)t#ority %rom t#e retirin( mana(er to )ndertake t#e ne&essary &#an(es in t#e sta%% and in t#e rearran(ement o% t#e $ork0 and I m)st make )se o% t#e ,#ristmas $eek %or t#at" so as to #ave everyt#in( in order %or t#e ne$ year!

Nora! T#en t#at $as $#y t#is poor 'ro(stad-He mer! Hm4 Nora * eans a(ainst t#e ba&k o% #is &#air and strokes #is #air+! I% yo) #adn't been so b)sy I s#o) d #ave asked yo) a tremendo)s y bi( %avo)r" Torva d! He mer! 6#at is t#at2 Te me! Nora! T#ere is no one #as s)&# (ood taste as yo)! And I do so $ant to ook ni&e at t#e %an&y-dress ba ! Torva d" &o) dn't yo) take me in #and and de&ide $#at I s#a (o as" and $#at sort o% a dress I s#a $ear2 He mer! A#a4 so my obstinate itt e $oman is ob i(ed to (et someone to &ome to #er res&)e2 Nora! 3es" Torva d" I &an't (et a on( a bit $it#o)t yo)r #e p! He mer! 9ery $e " I $i t#ink it over" $e s#a mana(e to #it )pon somet#in(! Nora! T#at is ni&e o% yo)! *8oes to t#e ,#ristmas Tree! A s#ort pa)se!+ Ho$ pretty t#e red % o$ers ook--! /)t" te me" $as it rea y somet#in( very bad t#at t#is 'ro(stad $as ()i ty o%2 He mer! He %or(ed someone's name! Have yo) any idea $#at t#at means2 Nora! Isn't it possib e t#at #e $as driven to do it by ne&essity2 He mer! 3es0 or" as in so many &ases" by impr)den&e! I am not so #eart ess as to &ondemn a man a to(et#er be&a)se o% a sin( e %a se step o% t#at kind! Nora! No" yo) $o) dn't" $o) d yo)" Torva d2 He mer! Many a man #as been ab e to retrieve #is &#ara&ter" i% #e #as open y &on%essed #is %a) t and taken #is p)nis#ment! Nora! P)nis#ment--2 He mer! /)t 'ro(stad did not#in( o% t#at sort0 #e (ot #imse % o)t o% it by a &)nnin( tri&k" and t#at is $#y #e #as (one )nder a to(et#er!

Nora! /)t do yo) t#ink it $o) d--2 He mer! 7)st t#ink #o$ a ()i ty man ike t#at #as to ie and p ay t#e #ypo&rite $it# every one" #o$ #e #as to $ear a mask in t#e presen&e o% t#ose near and dear to #im" even be%ore #is o$n $i%e and &#i dren! And abo)t t#e &#i dren--t#at is t#e most terrib e part o% it a " Nora! Nora! Ho$2 He mer! /e&a)se s)&# an atmosp#ere o% ies in%e&ts and poisons t#e $#o e i%e o% a #ome! Ea&# breat# t#e &#i dren take in s)&# a #o)se is %) o% t#e (erms o% evi ! Nora *&omin( nearer #im+! Are yo) s)re o% t#at2 He mer! My dear" I #ave o%ten seen it in t#e &o)rse o% my i%e as a a$yer! A most everyone $#o #as (one to t#e bad ear y in i%e #as #ad a de&eit%) mot#er! Nora! 6#y do yo) on y say--mot#er2 He mer! It seems most &ommon y to be t#e mot#er's in% )en&e" t#o)(# nat)ra y a bad %at#er's $o) d #ave t#e same res) t! Every a$yer is %ami iar $it# t#e %a&t! T#is 'ro(stad" no$" #as been persistent y poisonin( #is o$n &#i dren $it# ies and dissim) ation0 t#at is $#y I say #e #as ost a mora &#ara&ter! *Ho ds o)t #is #ands to #er!+ T#at is $#y my s$eet itt e Nora m)st promise me not to p ead #is &a)se! 8ive me yo)r #and on it! ,ome" &ome" $#at is t#is2 8ive me yo)r #and! T#ere no$" t#at's sett ed! I ass)re yo) it $o) d be 5)ite impossib e %or me to $ork $it# #im0 I itera y %ee p#ysi&a y i $#en I am in t#e &ompany o% s)&# peop e! Nora *takes #er #and o)t o% #is and (oes to t#e opposite side o% t#e ,#ristmas Tree+! Ho$ #ot it is in #ere0 and I #ave s)&# a ot to do! He mer *(ettin( )p and p)ttin( #is papers in order+! 3es" and I m)st try and read t#ro)(# some o% t#ese be%ore dinner0 and I m)st t#ink abo)t yo)r &ost)me" too! And it is 1)st possib e I may #ave somet#in( ready in (o d paper to #an( )p on t#e Tree! *P)ts #is #and on #er #ead!+ My pre&io)s itt e sin(in(-bird4 *He (oes into #is room and s#)ts t#e door a%ter #im!+

Nora *a%ter a pa)se" $#ispers+! No" no--it isn't tr)e! It's impossib e0 it m)st be impossib e! *T#e NURSE opens t#e door on t#e e%t!+ N)rse! T#e itt e ones are be((in( so #ard to be a o$ed to &ome in to mamma! Nora! No" no" no4 Don't et t#em &ome in to me4 3o) stay $it# t#em" Anne! N)rse! 9ery $e " ma'am! *S#)ts t#e door!+ Nora *pa e $it# terror+! Deprave my itt e &#i dren2 Poison my #ome2 *A s#ort pa)se! T#en s#e tosses #er #ead!+ It's not tr)e! It &an't possib y be tr)e! ACT II *THE SAME S,ENE!--THE ,#ristmas Tree is in t#e &orner by t#e piano" stripped o% its ornaments and $it# b)rnt-do$n &and e-ends on its dis#eve ed bran&#es! NORA'S & oak and #at are yin( on t#e so%a! S#e is a one in t#e room" $a kin( abo)t )neasi y! S#e stops by t#e so%a and takes )p #er & oak!+ Nora *drops #er & oak+! Someone is &omin( no$4 *8oes to t#e door and istens!+ No--it is no one! O% &o)rse" no one $i &ome today" ,#ristmas Day--nor tomorro$ eit#er! /)t" per#aps--*opens t#e door and ooks o)t+! No" not#in( in t#e etterbo.0 it is 5)ite empty! *,omes %or$ard!+ 6#at r)bbis#4 o% &o)rse #e &an't be in earnest abo)t it! S)&# a t#in( &o) dn't #appen0 it is impossib e--I #ave t#ree itt e &#i dren! *Enter t#e NURSE %rom t#e room on t#e e%t" &arryin( a bi( &ardboard bo.!+ N)rse! At ast I #ave %o)nd t#e bo. $it# t#e %an&y dress! Nora! T#anks0 p)t it on t#e tab e! N)rse *doin( so+! /)t it is very m)&# in $ant o% mendin(! Nora! I s#o) d ike to tear it into a #)ndred t#o)sand pie&es! N)rse! 6#at an idea4 It &an easi y be p)t in order--1)st a itt e patien&e!

Nora! 3es" I $i (o and (et Mrs! Linde to &ome and #e p me $it# it! N)rse! 6#at" o)t a(ain2 In t#is #orrib e $eat#er2 3o) $i &at&# &o d" ma'am" and make yo)rse % i ! Nora! 6e " $orse t#an t#at mi(#t #appen! Ho$ are t#e &#i dren2 N)rse! T#e poor itt e so) s are p ayin( $it# t#eir ,#ristmas presents" b)t-Nora! Do t#ey ask m)&# %or me2 N)rse! 3o) see" t#ey are so a&&)stomed to #ave t#eir mamma $it# t#em! Nora! 3es" b)t" n)rse" I s#a not be ab e to be so m)&# $it# t#em no$ as I $as be%ore! N)rse! O# $e " yo)n( &#i dren easi y (et a&&)stomed to anyt#in(! Nora! Do yo) t#ink so2 Do yo) t#ink t#ey $o) d %or(et t#eir mot#er i% s#e $ent a$ay a to(et#er2 N)rse! 8ood #eavens4--$ent a$ay a to(et#er2 Nora! N)rse" I $ant yo) to te me somet#in( I #ave o%ten $ondered abo)t--#o$ &o) d yo) #ave t#e #eart to p)t yo)r o$n &#i d o)t amon( stran(ers2 N)rse! I $as ob i(ed to" i% I $anted to be itt e Nora's n)rse! Nora! 3es" b)t #o$ &o) d yo) be $i in( to do it2 N)rse! 6#at" $#en I $as (oin( to (et s)&# a (ood p a&e by it2 A poor (ir $#o #as (ot into tro)b e s#o) d be ( ad to! /esides" t#at $i&ked man didn't do a sin( e t#in( %or me! Nora! /)t I s)ppose yo)r da)(#ter #as 5)ite %or(otten yo)! N)rse! No" indeed s#e #asn't! S#e $rote to me $#en s#e $as &on%irmed" and $#en s#e $as married! Nora *p)ttin( #er arms ro)nd #er ne&k+! Dear o d Anne" yo) $ere a (ood mot#er to me $#en I $as itt e!

N)rse! Litt e Nora" poor dear" #ad no ot#er mot#er b)t me! Nora! And i% my itt e ones #ad no ot#er mot#er" I am s)re yo) $o) d-6#at nonsense I am ta kin(4 *Opens t#e bo.!+ 8o in to t#em! No$ I m)st--! 3o) $i see tomorro$ #o$ &#armin( I s#a ook! N)rse! I am s)re t#ere $i be no one at t#e ba so &#armin( as yo)" ma'am! *8oes into t#e room on t#e e%t!+ Nora *be(ins to )npa&k t#e bo." b)t soon p)s#es it a$ay %rom #er+! I% on y I dared (o o)t! I% on y no one $o) d &ome! I% on y I &o) d be s)re not#in( $o) d #appen #ere in t#e meantime! St)%% and nonsense4 No one $i &ome! On y I m)stn't t#ink abo)t it! I $i br)s# my m)%%! 6#at ove y" ove y ( oves4 O)t o% my t#o)(#ts" o)t o% my t#o)(#ts4 One" t$o" t#ree" %o)r" %ive" si.-*S&reams!+ A#4 t#ere is someone &omin(--! *Makes a movement to$ards t#e door" b)t stands irreso )te!+ *Enter MRS! LINDE %rom t#e #a " $#ere s#e #as taken o%% #er & oak and #at!+ Nora! O#" it's yo)" ,#ristine! T#ere is no one e se o)t t#ere" is t#ere2 Ho$ (ood o% yo) to &ome4 Mrs! Linde! I #eard yo) $ere )p askin( %or me! Nora! 3es" I $as passin( by! As a matter o% %a&t" it is somet#in( yo) &o) d #e p me $it#! Let )s sit do$n #ere on t#e so%a! Look #ere! Tomorro$ evenin( t#ere is to be a %an&y-dress ba at t#e Stenbor(s'" $#o ive above )s0 and Torva d $ants me to (o as a Neapo itan %is#er-(ir " and dan&e t#e Tarante a t#at I earned at ,apri! Mrs! Linde! I see0 yo) are (oin( to keep )p t#e &#ara&ter! Nora! 3es" Torva d $ants me to! Look" #ere is t#e dress0 Torva d #ad it made %or me t#ere" b)t no$ it is a so torn" and I #aven't any idea-Mrs! Linde! 6e $i easi y p)t t#at ri(#t! It is on y some o% t#e trimmin( &ome )nse$n #ere and t#ere! Need e and t#read2 No$ t#en" t#at's a $e $ant! Nora! It is ni&e o% yo)! Mrs! Linde *se$in(+! So yo) are (oin( to be dressed )p tomorro$

Nora! I $i te yo) $#at--I s#a &ome in %or a moment and see yo) in yo)r %ine %eat#ers! /)t I #ave &omp ete y %or(otten to t#ank yo) %or a de i(#t%) evenin( yesterday! Nora *(ets )p" and &rosses t#e sta(e+! 6e " I don't t#ink yesterday $as as p easant as )s)a ! 3o) o)(#t to #ave &ome to to$n a itt e ear ier" ,#ristine! ,ertain y Torva d does )nderstand #o$ to make a #o)se dainty and attra&tive! Mrs! Linde! And so do yo)" it seems to me0 yo) are not yo)r %at#er's da)(#ter %or not#in(! /)t te me" is Do&tor Rank a $ays as depressed as #e $as yesterday2 Nora! No0 yesterday it $as very noti&eab e! I m)st te yo) t#at #e s)%%ers %rom a very dan(ero)s disease! He #as &ons)mption o% t#e spine" poor &reat)re! His %at#er $as a #orrib e man $#o &ommitted a sorts o% e.&esses0 and t#at is $#y #is son $as si&k y %rom &#i d#ood" do yo) )nderstand2 Mrs! Linde *droppin( #er se$in(+! /)t" my dearest Nora" #o$ do yo) kno$ anyt#in( abo)t s)&# t#in(s2 Nora *$a kin( abo)t+! Poo#4 6#en yo) #ave t#ree &#i dren" yo) (et visits no$ and t#en %rom--%rom married $omen" $#o kno$ somet#in( o% medi&a matters" and t#ey ta k abo)t one t#in( and anot#er! Mrs! Linde *(oes on se$in(! A s#ort si en&e+! Does Do&tor Rank &ome #ere everyday2 Nora! Everyday re() ar y! He is Torva d's most intimate %riend" and a (reat %riend o% mine too! He is 1)st ike one o% t#e %ami y! Mrs! Linde! /)t te me t#is--is #e per%e&t y sin&ere2 I mean" isn't #e t#e kind o% man t#at is very an.io)s to make #imse % a(reeab e2 Nora! Not in t#e east! 6#at makes yo) t#ink t#at2 Mrs! Linde! 6#en yo) introd)&ed #im to me yesterday" #e de& ared #e #ad o%ten #eard my name mentioned in t#is #o)se0 b)t a%ter$ards I noti&ed t#at yo)r #)sband #adn't t#e s i(#test idea $#o I $as! So #o$ &o) d Do&tor Rank--2 Nora! T#at is 5)ite ri(#t" ,#ristine! Torva d is so abs)rd y %ond o% me t#at #e $ants me abso )te y to #imse %" as #e says! At %irst #e )sed to seem a most 1ea o)s i% I mentioned any o% t#e dear %o k at #ome" so nat)ra y I (ave )p doin( so! /)t I o%ten ta k abo)t

s)&# t#in(s $it# Do&tor Rank" be&a)se #e ikes #earin( abo)t t#em! Mrs! Linde! Listen to me" Nora! 3o) are sti very ike a &#i d in many t#in(s" and I am o der t#an yo) in many $ays and #ave a itt e more e.perien&e! Let me te yo) t#is--yo) o)(#t to make an end o% it $it# Do&tor Rank! Nora! 6#at o)(#t I to make an end o%2 Mrs! Linde! O% t$o t#in(s" I t#ink! 3esterday yo) ta ked some nonsense abo)t a ri&# admirer $#o $as to eave yo) money-Nora! An admirer $#o doesn't e.ist" )n%ort)nate y4 /)t $#at t#en2 Mrs! Linde! Is Do&tor Rank a man o% means2 Nora! 3es" #e is! Mrs! Linde! And #as no one to provide %or2 Nora! No" no one0 b)t-Mrs! Linde! And &omes #ere everyday2 Nora! 3es" I to d yo) so! Mrs! Linde! /)t #o$ &an t#is $e -bred man be so ta&t ess2 Nora! I don't )nderstand yo) at a ! Mrs! Linde! Don't prevari&ate" Nora! Do yo) s)ppose I don't ()ess $#o ent yo) t#e t$o #)ndred and %i%ty po)nds2 Nora! Are yo) o)t o% yo)r senses2 Ho$ &an yo) t#ink o% s)&# a t#in(4 A %riend o% o)rs" $#o &omes #ere everyday4 Do yo) rea ise $#at a #orrib y pain%) position t#at $o) d be2 Mrs! Linde! T#en it rea y isn't #e2 Nora! No" &ertain y not! It $o) d never #ave entered into my #ead %or a moment! /esides" #e #ad no money to end t#en0 #e &ame into #is money a%ter$ards! Mrs! Linde! 6e " I t#ink t#at $as )&ky %or yo)" my dear Nora! Nora! No" it $o) d never #ave &ome into my #ead to ask Do&tor

Rank! A t#o)(# I am 5)ite s)re t#at i% I #ad asked #im-Mrs! Linde! /)t o% &o)rse yo) $on't! Nora! O% &o)rse not! I #ave no reason to t#ink it &o) d possib y be ne&essary! /)t I am 5)ite s)re t#at i% I to d Do&tor Rank-Mrs! Linde! /e#ind yo)r #)sband's ba&k2 Nora! I m)st make an end o% it $it# t#e ot#er one" and t#at $i be be#ind #is ba&k too! I m)st make an end o% it $it# #im! Mrs! Linde! 3es" t#at is $#at I to d yo) yesterday" b)t-Nora *$a kin( )p and do$n+! A man &an p)t a t#in( ike t#at strai(#t m)&# easier t#an a $oman-Mrs! Linde! One's #)sband" yes! Nora! Nonsense4 *Standin( sti !+ 6#en yo) pay o%% a debt yo) (et yo)r bond ba&k" don't yo)2 Mrs! Linde! 3es" as a matter o% &o)rse! Nora! And &an tear it into a #)ndred t#o)sand pie&es" and b)rn it )p--t#e nasty dirty paper4 Mrs! Linde * ooks #ard at #er" ays do$n #er se$in( and (ets )p s o$ y+! Nora" yo) are &on&ea in( somet#in( %rom me! Nora! Do I ook as i% I $ere2 Mrs! Linde! Somet#in( #as #appened to yo) sin&e yesterday mornin(! Nora" $#at is it2 Nora *(oin( nearer to #er+! ,#ristine4 *Listens!+ H)s#4 t#ere's Torva d &ome #ome! Do yo) mind (oin( in to t#e &#i dren %or t#e present2 Torva d &an't bear to see dressmakin( (oin( on! Let Anne #e p yo)! Mrs! Linde *(at#erin( some o% t#e t#in(s to(et#er+! ,ertain y -b)t I am not (oin( a$ay %rom #ere )nti $e #ave #ad it o)t $it# one anot#er! *S#e (oes into t#e room on t#e e%t" as HELMER &omes in %rom t#e #a !+ Nora *(oin( )p to HELMER+! I #ave $anted yo) so m)&#" Torva d

dear! He mer! 6as t#at t#e dressmaker2 Nora! No" it $as ,#ristine0 s#e is #e pin( me to p)t my dress in order! 3o) $i see I s#a ook 5)ite smart! He mer! 6asn't t#at a #appy t#o)(#t o% mine" no$2 Nora! Sp endid4 /)t don't yo) t#ink it is ni&e o% me" too" to do as yo) $is#2 He mer! Ni&e2--be&a)se yo) do as yo)r #)sband $is#es2 6e " $e " yo) itt e ro()e" I am s)re yo) did not mean it in t#at $ay! /)t I am not (oin( to dist)rb yo)0 yo) $i $ant to be tryin( on yo)r dress" I e.pe&t! Nora! I s)ppose yo) are (oin( to $ork! He mer! 3es! *S#o$s #er a b)nd e o% papers!+ Look at t#at! I #ave 1)st been into t#e bank! *T)rns to (o into #is room!+ Nora! Torva d! He mer! 3es! Nora! I% yo)r itt e s5)irre $ere to ask yo) %or somet#in( very" very pretti y--2 He mer! 6#at t#en2 Nora! 6o) d yo) do it2 He mer! I s#o) d ike to #ear $#at it is" %irst! Nora! 3o)r s5)irre $o) d r)n abo)t and do a #er tri&ks i% yo) $o) d be ni&e" and do $#at s#e $ants! He mer! Speak p ain y! Nora! 3o)r sky ark $o) d &#irp abo)t in every room" $it# #er son( risin( and %a in(-He mer! 6e " my sky ark does t#at any#o$! Nora! I $o) d p ay t#e %airy and dan&e %or yo) in t#e moon i(#t"

Torva d! He mer! Nora--yo) s)re y don't mean t#at re5)est yo) made to me t#is mornin(2 Nora *(oin( near #im+! 3es" Torva d" I be( yo) so earnest y-He mer! Have yo) rea y t#e &o)ra(e to open )p t#at 5)estion a(ain2 Nora! 3es" dear" yo) m)st do as I ask0 yo) m)st et 'ro(stad keep #is post in t#e bank! He mer! My dear Nora" it is #is post t#at I #ave arran(ed Mrs! Linde s#a #ave! Nora! 3es" yo) #ave been a$%) y kind abo)t t#at0 b)t yo) &o) d 1)st as $e dismiss some ot#er & erk instead o% 'ro(stad! He mer! T#is is simp y in&redib e obstina&y4 /e&a)se yo) &#ose to (ive #im a t#o)(#t ess promise t#at yo) $o) d speak %or #im" I am e.pe&ted to-Nora! T#at isn't t#e reason" Torva d! It is %or yo)r o$n sake! T#is %e o$ $rites in t#e most s&)rri o)s ne$spapers0 yo) #ave to d me so yo)rse %! He &an do yo) an )nspeakab e amo)nt o% #arm! I am %ri(#tened to deat# o% #im-He mer! A#" I )nderstand0 it is re&o e&tions o% t#e past t#at s&are yo)! Nora! 6#at do yo) mean2 He mer! Nat)ra y yo) are t#inkin( o% yo)r %at#er! Nora! 3es--yes" o% &o)rse! 7)st re&a to yo)r mind $#at t#ese ma i&io)s &reat)res $rote in t#e papers abo)t papa" and #o$ #orrib y t#ey s andered #im! I be ieve t#ey $o) d #ave pro&)red #is dismissa i% t#e Department #ad not sent yo) over to in5)ire into it" and i% yo) #ad not been so kind y disposed and #e p%) to #im! He mer! My itt e Nora" t#ere is an important di%%eren&e bet$een yo)r %at#er and me! 3o)r %at#er's rep)tation as a p)b i& o%%i&ia $as not above s)spi&ion! Mine is" and I #ope it $i &ontin)e to be so" as on( as I #o d my o%%i&e!

Nora! 3o) never &an te $#at mis&#ie% t#ese men may &ontrive! 6e o)(#t to be so $e o%%" so sn)( and #appy #ere in o)r pea&e%) #ome" and #ave no &ares--yo) and I and t#e &#i dren" Torva d4 T#at is $#y I be( yo) so earnest y-He mer! And it is 1)st by inter&edin( %or #im t#at yo) make it impossib e %or me to keep #im! It is a ready kno$n at t#e /ank t#at I mean to dismiss 'ro(stad! Is it to (et abo)t no$ t#at t#e ne$ mana(er #as &#an(ed #is mind at #is $i%e's biddin(-Nora! And $#at i% it did2 He mer! O% &o)rse4--i% on y t#is obstinate itt e person &an (et #er $ay4 Do yo) s)ppose I am (oin( to make myse % ridi&) o)s be%ore my $#o e sta%%" to et peop e t#ink t#at I am a man to be s$ayed by a sorts o% o)tside in% )en&e2 I s#o) d very soon %ee t#e &onse5)en&es o% it" I &an te yo)4 And besides" t#ere is one t#in( t#at makes it 5)ite impossib e %or me to #ave 'ro(stad in t#e /ank as on( as I am mana(er! Nora! 6#atever is t#at2 He mer! His mora %ai in(s I mi(#t per#aps #ave over ooked" i% ne&essary-Nora! 3es" yo) &o) d--&o) dn't yo)2 He mer! And I #ear #e is a (ood $orker" too! /)t I kne$ #im $#en $e $ere boys! It $as one o% t#ose ras# %riends#ips t#at so o%ten prove an in&)b)s in a%ter i%e! I may as $e te yo) p ain y" $e $ere on&e on very intimate terms $it# one anot#er! /)t t#is ta&t ess %e o$ ays no restraint on #imse % $#en ot#er peop e are present! On t#e &ontrary" #e t#inks it (ives #im t#e ri(#t to adopt a %ami iar tone $it# me" and every min)te it is ;I say" He mer" o d %e o$4; and t#at sort o% t#in(! I ass)re yo) it is e.treme y pain%) %or me! He $o) d make my position in t#e /ank into erab e! Nora! Torva d" I don't be ieve yo) mean t#at! He mer! Don't yo)2 6#y not2

Nora! /e&a)se it is s)&# a narro$-minded $ay o% ookin( at

t#in(s! He mer! 6#at are yo) sayin(2 Narro$-minded2 Do yo) t#ink I am narro$-minded2 Nora! No" 1)st t#e opposite" dear--and it is e.a&t y %or t#at reason! He mer! It's t#e same t#in(! 3o) say my point o% vie$ is narro$minded" so I m)st be so too! Narro$-minded4 9ery $e --I m)st p)t an end to t#is! *8oes to t#e #a door and &a s!+ He en4 Nora! 6#at are yo) (oin( to do2 He mer * ookin( amon( #is papers+! Sett e it! *Enter MAID!+ Look #ere0 take t#is etter and (o do$nstairs $it# it at on&e! :ind a messen(er and te #im to de iver it" and be 5)i&k! T#e address is on it" and #ere is t#e money! Maid! 9ery $e " sir! *E.it $it# t#e etter!+ He mer *p)ttin( #is papers to(et#er+! No$ t#en" itt e Miss Obstinate! Nora *breat# ess y+! Torva d--$#at $as t#at etter2 He mer! 'ro(stad's dismissa ! Nora! ,a #er ba&k" Torva d4 T#ere is sti time! O# Torva d" &a #er ba&k4 Do it %or my sake--%or yo)r o$n sake--%or t#e &#i dren's sake4 Do yo) #ear me" Torva d2 ,a #er ba&k4 3o) don't kno$ $#at t#at etter &an brin( )pon )s! He mer! It's too ate! Nora! 3es" it's too ate! He mer! My dear Nora" I &an %or(ive t#e an.iety yo) are in" a t#o)(# rea y it is an ins) t to me! It is" indeed! Isn't it an ins) t to t#ink t#at I s#o) d be a%raid o% a starvin( 5)i -driver's ven(ean&e2 /)t I %or(ive yo) nevert#e ess" be&a)se it is s)&# e o5)ent $itness to yo)r (reat ove %or me! *Takes #er in #is arms!+ And t#at is as it s#o) d be" my o$n dar in( Nora! ,ome $#at $i " yo) may be s)re I s#a #ave bot# &o)ra(e and stren(t# i% t#ey be needed! 3o) $i see I am man eno)(# to take everyt#in( )pon myse %!

Nora *in a #orror-stri&ken voi&e+! 6#at do yo) mean by t#at2 He mer! Everyt#in(" I say-Nora *re&overin( #erse %+! 3o) $i never #ave to do t#at! He mer! T#at's ri(#t! 6e " $e $i s#are it" Nora" as man and $i%e s#o) d! T#at is #o$ it s#a be! *,aressin( #er!+ Are yo) &ontent no$2 T#ere4 T#ere4--not t#ese %ri(#tened dove's eyes4 T#e $#o e t#in( is on y t#e $i dest %an&y4--No$" yo) m)st (o and p ay t#ro)(# t#e Tarante a and pra&tise $it# yo)r tambo)rine! I s#a (o into t#e inner o%%i&e and s#)t t#e door" and I s#a #ear not#in(0 yo) &an make as m)&# noise as yo) p ease! *T)rns ba&k at t#e door!+ And $#en Rank &omes" te #im $#ere #e $i %ind me! *Nods to #er" takes #is papers and (oes into #is room" and s#)ts t#e door a%ter #im!+ Nora *be$i dered $it# an.iety" stands as i% rooted to t#e spot" and $#ispers+! He $as &apab e o% doin( it! He $i do it! He $i do it in spite o% everyt#in(!--No" not t#at4 Never" never4 Anyt#in( rat#er t#an t#at4 O#" %or some #e p" some $ay o)t o% it4 *T#e door-be rin(s!+ Do&tor Rank4 Anyt#in( rat#er t#an t#at--anyt#in(" $#atever it is4 *S#e p)ts #er #ands over #er %a&e" p) s #erse % to(et#er" (oes to t#e door and opens it! RAN' is standin( $it#o)t" #an(in( )p #is &oat! D)rin( t#e %o o$in( dia o()e it be(ins to (ro$ dark!+ Nora! 8ood day" Do&tor Rank! I kne$ yo)r rin(! /)t yo) m)stn't (o in to Torva d no$0 I t#ink #e is b)sy $it# somet#in(! Rank! And yo)2 Nora *brin(s #im in and s#)ts t#e door a%ter #im+! O#" yo) kno$ very $e I a $ays #ave time %or yo)! Rank! T#ank yo)! I s#a make )se o% as m)&# o% it as I &an! Nora! 6#at do yo) mean by t#at2 As m)&# o% it as yo) &an2 Rank! 6e " does t#at a arm yo)2 Nora! It $as s)&# a stran(e $ay o% p)ttin( it! Is anyt#in( ike y to #appen2 Rank! Not#in( b)t $#at I #ave on( been prepared %or! /)t I

&ertain y didn't e.pe&t it to #appen so soon! Nora *(rippin( #im by t#e arm+! 6#at #ave yo) %o)nd o)t2 Do&tor Rank" yo) m)st te me! Rank *sittin( do$n by t#e stove+! It is a )p $it# me! And it &an't be #e ped! Nora *$it# a si(# o% re ie%+! Is it abo)t yo)rse %2 Rank! 6#o e se2 It is no )se yin( to one's se %! I am t#e most $ret&#ed o% a my patients" Mrs! He mer! Late y I #ave been takin( sto&k o% my interna e&onomy! /ankr)pt4 Probab y $it#in a mont# I s#a ie rottin( in t#e &#)r&#yard! Nora! 6#at an )( y t#in( to say4 Rank! T#e t#in( itse % is &)rsed y )( y" and t#e $orst o% it is t#at I s#a #ave to %a&e so m)&# more t#at is )( y be%ore t#at! I s#a on y make one more e.amination o% myse %0 $#en I #ave done t#at" I s#a kno$ pretty &ertain y $#en it $i be t#at t#e #orrors o% disso )tion $i be(in! T#ere is somet#in( I $ant to te yo)! He mer's re%ined nat)re (ives #im an )n&on5)erab e dis()st at everyt#in( t#at is )( y0 I $on't #ave #im in my si&kroom! Nora! O#" b)t" Do&tor Rank-Rank! I $on't #ave #im t#ere! Not on any a&&o)nt! I bar my door to #im! As soon as I am 5)ite &ertain t#at t#e $orst #as &ome" I s#a send yo) my &ard $it# a b a&k &ross on it" and t#en yo) $i kno$ t#at t#e oat#some end #as be()n! Nora! 3o) are 5)ite abs)rd today! And I $anted yo) so m)&# to be in a rea y (ood #)mo)r! Rank! 6it# deat# sta kin( beside me2--To #ave to pay t#is pena ty %or anot#er man's sin2 Is t#ere any 1)sti&e in t#at2 And in every sin( e %ami y" in one $ay or anot#er" some s)&# ine.orab e retrib)tion is bein( e.a&ted-Nora *p)ttin( #er #ands over #er ears+! R)bbis#4 Do ta k o% somet#in( &#eer%) ! Rank! O#" it's a mere a)(#in( matter" t#e $#o e t#in(! My poor inno&ent spine #as to s)%%er %or my %at#er's yo)t#%) am)sements!

Nora *sittin( at t#e tab e on t#e e%t+! I s)ppose yo) mean t#at #e $as too partia to aspara()s and pate de %oie (ras" don't yo)2 Rank! 3es" and to tr)%% es! Nora! Tr)%% es" yes! And oysters too" I s)ppose2 Rank! Oysters" o% &o)rse" t#at (oes $it#o)t sayin(! Nora! And #eaps o% port and &#ampa(ne! It is sad t#at a t#ese ni&e t#in(s s#o) d take t#eir reven(e on o)r bones! Rank! Espe&ia y t#at t#ey s#o) d reven(e t#emse ves on t#e )n )&ky bones o% t#ose $#o #ave not #ad t#e satis%a&tion o% en1oyin( t#em! Nora! 3es" t#at's t#e saddest part o% it a ! Rank *$it# a sear&#in( ook at #er+! Hm4-Nora *a%ter a s#ort pa)se+! 6#y did yo) smi e2 Rank! No" it $as yo) t#at a)(#ed! Nora! No" it $as yo) t#at smi ed" Do&tor Rank4 Rank *risin(+! 3o) are a (reater ras&a t#an I t#o)(#t! Nora! I am in a si y mood today! Rank! So it seems! Nora *p)ttin( #er #ands on #is s#o) ders+! Dear" dear Do&tor Rank" deat# m)stn't take yo) a$ay %rom Torva d and me! Rank! It is a oss yo) $o) d easi y re&over %rom! T#ose $#o are (one are soon %or(otten! Nora * ookin( at #im an.io)s y+! Do yo) be ieve t#at2 Rank! Peop e %orm ne$ ties" and t#en-Nora! 6#o $i %orm ne$ ties2 Rank! /ot# yo) and He mer" $#en I am (one! 3o) yo)rse % are a ready on t#e #i(# road to it" I t#ink! 6#at did t#at Mrs! Linde

$ant #ere ast ni(#t2 Nora! O#o4--yo) don't mean to say yo) are 1ea o)s o% poor ,#ristine2 Rank! 3es" I am! S#e $i be my s)&&essor in t#is #o)se! 6#en I am done %or" t#is $oman $i -Nora! H)s#4 don't speak so o)d! S#e is in t#at room! Rank! Today a(ain! T#ere" yo) see! Nora! S#e #as on y &ome to se$ my dress %or me! / ess my so) " #o$ )nreasonab e yo) are4 *Sits do$n on t#e so%a!+ /e ni&e no$" Do&tor Rank" and tomorro$ yo) $i see #o$ bea)ti%) y I s#a dan&e" and yo) &an ima(ine I am doin( it a %or yo)--and %or Torva d too" o% &o)rse! *Takes vario)s t#in(s o)t o% t#e bo.!+ Do&tor Rank" &ome and sit do$n #ere" and I $i s#o$ yo) somet#in(! Rank *sittin( do$n+! 6#at is it2 Nora! 7)st ook at t#ose4 Rank! Si k sto&kin(s! Nora! : es#-&o o)red! Aren't t#ey ove y2 It is so dark #ere no$" b)t tomorro$--! No" no" no4 yo) m)st on y ook at t#e %eet! O# $e " yo) may #ave eave to ook at t#e e(s too! Rank! Hm4--Nora! 6#y are yo) ookin( so &riti&a 2 Don't yo) t#ink t#ey $i %it me2 Rank! I #ave no means o% %ormin( an opinion abo)t t#at! Nora * ooks at #im %or a moment+! :or s#ame4 *Hits #im i(#t y on t#e ear $it# t#e sto&kin(s!+ T#at's to p)nis# yo)! *:o ds t#em )p a(ain!+ Rank! And $#at ot#er ni&e t#in(s am I to be a o$ed to see2 Nora! Not a sin( e t#in( more" %or bein( so na)(#ty! *S#e ooks amon( t#e t#in(s" #)mmin( to #erse %!+ Rank *a%ter a s#ort si en&e+! 6#en I am sittin( #ere" ta kin( to yo) as intimate y as t#is" I &annot ima(ine %or a moment $#at $o) d #ave be&ome o% me i% I #ad never &ome into t#is #o)se!

Nora *smi in(+! I be ieve yo) do %ee t#oro)(# y at #ome $it# )s! Rank *in a o$er voi&e" ookin( strai(#t in %ront o% #im+! And to be ob i(ed to eave it a -Nora! Nonsense" yo) are not (oin( to eave it! Rank *as be%ore+! And not be ab e to eave be#ind one t#e s i(#test token o% one's (ratit)de" s&ar&e y even a % eetin( re(ret--not#in( b)t an empty p a&e $#i&# t#e %irst &omer &an %i as $e as any ot#er! Nora! And i% I asked yo) no$ %or a--2 No4 Rank! :or $#at2 Nora! :or a bi( proo% o% yo)r %riends#ip-Rank! 3es" yes4 Nora! I mean a tremendo)s y bi( %avo)r-Rank! 6o) d yo) rea y make me so #appy %or on&e2 Nora! A#" b)t yo) don't kno$ $#at it is yet! Rank! No--b)t te me! Nora! I rea y &an't" Do&tor Rank! It is somet#in( o)t o% a reason0 it means advi&e" and #e p" and a %avo)r-Rank! T#e bi((er a t#in( it is t#e better! I &an't &on&eive $#at it is yo) mean! Do te me! Haven't I yo)r &on%iden&e2 Nora! More t#an anyone e se! I kno$ yo) are my tr)est and best %riend" and so I $i te yo) $#at it is! 6e " Do&tor Rank" it is somet#in( yo) m)st #e p me to prevent! 3o) kno$ #o$ devoted y" #o$ ine.pressib y deep y Torva d oves me0 #e $o) d never %or a moment #esitate to (ive #is i%e %or me! Rank * eanin( to$ards #er+! Nora--do yo) t#ink #e is t#e on y one--2 Nora *$it# a s i(#t start+! T#e on y one--2 Rank! T#e on y one $#o $o) d ( ad y (ive #is i%e %or yo)r sake!

Nora *sad y+! Is t#at it2 Rank! I $as determined yo) s#o) d kno$ it be%ore I $ent a$ay" and t#ere $i never be a better opport)nity t#an t#is! No$ yo) kno$ it" Nora! And no$ yo) kno$" too" t#at yo) &an tr)st me as yo) $o) d tr)st no one e se! Nora *rises" de iberate y and 5)iet y+! Let me pass! Rank *makes room %or #er to pass #im" b)t sits sti +! Nora4 Nora *at t#e #a door+! He en" brin( in t#e amp! *8oes over to t#e stove!+ Dear Do&tor Rank" t#at $as rea y #orrid o% yo)! Rank! To #ave oved yo) as m)&# as anyone e se does2 6as t#at #orrid2 Nora! No" b)t to (o and te me so! T#ere $as rea y no need-Rank! 6#at do yo) mean2 Did yo) kno$--2 *MAID enters $it# amp" p)ts it do$n on t#e tab e" and (oes o)t!+ Nora--Mrs! He mer--te me" #ad yo) any idea o% t#is2 Nora! O#" #o$ do I kno$ $#et#er I #ad or $#et#er I #adn't2 I rea y &an't te yo)--To t#ink yo) &o) d be so & )msy" Do&tor Rank4 6e $ere (ettin( on so ni&e y! Rank! 6e " at a events yo) kno$ no$ t#at yo) &an &ommand me" body and so) ! So $on't yo) speak o)t2 Nora * ookin( at #im+! A%ter $#at #appened2 Rank! I be( yo) to et me kno$ $#at it is! Nora! I &an't te yo) anyt#in( no$! Rank! 3es" yes! 3o) m)stn't p)nis# me in t#at $ay! Let me #ave permission to do %or yo) $#atever a man may do! Nora! 3o) &an do not#in( %or me no$! /esides" I rea y don't need any #e p at a ! 3o) $i %ind t#at t#e $#o e t#in( is mere y %an&y on my part! It rea y is so--o% &o)rse it is4 *Sits do$n in t#e ro&kin(-&#air" and ooks at #im $it# a smi e!+ 3o) are a ni&e sort o% man" Do&tor Rank4--don't yo) %ee as#amed o% yo)rse %" no$ t#e amp #as &ome2

Rank! Not a bit! /)t per#aps I #ad better (o--%or ever2 Nora! No" indeed" yo) s#a not! O% &o)rse yo) m)st &ome #ere 1)st as be%ore! 3o) kno$ very $e Torva d &an't do $it#o)t yo)! Rank! 3es" b)t yo)2 Nora! O#" I am a $ays tremendo)s y p eased $#en yo) &ome! Rank! It is 1)st t#at" t#at p)t me on t#e $ron( tra&k! 3o) are a ridd e to me! I #ave o%ten t#o)(#t t#at yo) $o) d a most as soon be in my &ompany as in He mer's! Nora! 3es--yo) see t#ere are some peop e one oves best" and ot#ers $#om one $o) d a most a $ays rat#er #ave as &ompanions! Rank! 3es" t#ere is somet#in( in t#at! Nora! 6#en I $as at #ome" o% &o)rse I oved papa best! /)t I a $ays t#o)(#t it tremendo)s %)n i% I &o) d stea do$n into t#e maids' room" be&a)se t#ey never mora ised at a " and ta ked to ea&# ot#er abo)t s)&# entertainin( t#in(s! Rank! I see--it is t#eir p a&e I #ave taken! Nora *1)mpin( )p and (oin( to #im+! O#" dear" ni&e Do&tor Rank" I never meant t#at at a ! /)t s)re y yo) &an )nderstand t#at bein( $it# Torva d is a itt e ike bein( $it# papa--*Enter MAID %rom t#e #a !+ Maid! I% yo) p ease" ma'am! *6#ispers and #ands #er a &ard!+ Nora *( an&in( at t#e &ard+! O#4 *P)ts it in #er po&ket!+ Rank! Is t#ere anyt#in( $ron(2 Nora! No" no" not in t#e east! It is on y somet#in(--it is my ne$ dress-Rank! 6#at2 3o)r dress is yin( t#ere! Nora! O#" yes" t#at one0 b)t t#is is anot#er! I ordered it! Torva d m)stn't kno$ abo)t it-Rank! O#o4 T#en t#at $as t#e (reat se&ret!

Nora! O% &o)rse! 7)st (o in to #im0 #e is sittin( in t#e inner room! 'eep #im as on( as-Rank! Make yo)r mind easy0 I $on't et #im es&ape! *8oes into HELMER'S room!+ Nora *to t#e MAID+! And #e is standin( $aitin( in t#e kit&#en2 Maid! 3es0 #e &ame )p t#e ba&k stairs! Nora! /)t didn't yo) te #im no one $as in2 Maid! 3es" b)t it $as no (ood! Nora! He $on't (o a$ay2 Maid! No0 #e says #e $on't )nti #e #as seen yo)" ma'am! Nora! 6e " et #im &ome in--b)t 5)iet y! He en" yo) m)stn't say anyt#in( abo)t it to anyone! It is a s)rprise %or my #)sband! Maid! 3es" ma'am" I 5)ite )nderstand! *E.it!+ Nora! T#is dread%) t#in( is (oin( to #appen4 It $i #appen in spite o% me4 No" no" no" it &an't #appen--it s#an't #appen4 *S#e bo ts t#e door o% HELMER'S room! T#e MAID opens t#e #a door %or 'RO8STAD and s#)ts it a%ter #im! He is $earin( a %)r &oat" #i(# boots and a %)r &ap!+ Nora *advan&in( to$ards #im+! Speak o$--my #)sband is at #ome! 'ro(stad! No matter abo)t t#at! Nora! 6#at do yo) $ant o% me2 'ro(stad! An e.p anation o% somet#in(! Nora! Make #aste t#en! 6#at is it2 'ro(stad! 3o) kno$" I s)ppose" t#at I #ave (ot my dismissa ! Nora! I &o) dn't prevent it" Mr! 'ro(stad! I %o)(#t as #ard as I &o) d on yo)r side" b)t it $as no (ood! 'ro(stad! Does yo)r #)sband ove yo) so itt e" t#en2 He kno$s

$#at I &an e.pose yo) to" and yet #e vent)res-Nora! Ho$ &an yo) s)ppose t#at #e #as any kno$ ed(e o% t#e sort2 'ro(stad! I didn't s)ppose so at a ! It $o) d not be t#e east ike o)r dear Torva d He mer to s#o$ so m)&# &o)ra(e-Nora! Mr! 'ro(stad" a itt e respe&t %or my #)sband" p ease! 'ro(stad! ,ertain y--a t#e respe&t #e deserves! /)t sin&e yo) #ave kept t#e matter so &are%) y to yo)rse %" I make bo d to s)ppose t#at yo) #ave a itt e & earer idea" t#an yo) #ad yesterday" o% $#at it a&t)a y is t#at yo) #ave done2 Nora! More t#an yo) &o) d ever tea&# me! 'ro(stad! 3es" s)&# a bad a$yer as I am! Nora! 6#at is it yo) $ant o% me2 'ro(stad! On y to see #o$ yo) $ere" Mrs! He mer! I #ave been t#inkin( abo)t yo) a day on(! A mere &as#ier" a 5)i -driver" a--$e " a man ike me--even #e #as a itt e o% $#at is &a ed %ee in(" yo) kno$! Nora! S#o$ it" t#en0 t#ink o% my itt e &#i dren! 'ro(stad! Have yo) and yo)r #)sband t#o)(#t o% mine2 /)t never mind abo)t t#at! I on y $anted to te yo) t#at yo) need not take t#is matter too serio)s y! In t#e %irst p a&e t#ere $i be no a&&)sation made on my part! Nora! No" o% &o)rse not0 I $as s)re o% t#at! 'ro(stad! T#e $#o e t#in( &an be arran(ed ami&ab y0 t#ere is no reason $#y anyone s#o) d kno$ anyt#in( abo)t it! It $i remain a se&ret bet$een )s t#ree! Nora! My #)sband m)st never (et to kno$ anyt#in( abo)t it! 'ro(stad! Ho$ $i yo) be ab e to prevent it2 Am I to )nderstand t#at yo) &an pay t#e ba an&e t#at is o$in(2 Nora! No" not 1)st at present! 'ro(stad! Or per#aps t#at yo) #ave some e.pedient %or raisin( t#e

money soon2 Nora! No e.pedient t#at I mean to make )se o%! 'ro(stad! 6e " in any &ase" it $o) d #ave been o% no )se to yo) no$! I% yo) stood t#ere $it# ever so m)&# money in yo)r #and" I $o) d never part $it# yo)r bond! Nora! Te me $#at p)rpose yo) mean to p)t it to! 'ro(stad! I s#a on y preserve it--keep it in my possession! No one $#o is not &on&erned in t#e matter s#a #ave t#e s i(#test #int o% it! So t#at i% t#e t#o)(#t o% it #as driven yo) to any desperate reso )tion-Nora! It #as! 'ro(stad! I% yo) #ad it in yo)r mind to r)n a$ay %rom yo)r #ome-Nora! I #ad! 'ro(stad! Or even somet#in( $orse-Nora! Ho$ &o) d yo) kno$ t#at2 'ro(stad! 8ive )p t#e idea! Nora! Ho$ did yo) kno$ I #ad t#o)(#t o% t#at2 'ro(stad! Most o% )s t#ink o% t#at at %irst! I did" too--b)t I #adn't t#e &o)ra(e! Nora *%aint y+! No more #ad I! 'ro(stad *in a tone o% re ie%+! No" t#at's it" isn't it--yo) #adn't t#e &o)ra(e eit#er2 Nora! No" I #aven't--I #aven't! 'ro(stad! /esides" it $o) d #ave been a (reat pie&e o% %o y! On&e t#e %irst storm at #ome is over--! I #ave a etter %or yo)r #)sband in my po&ket! Nora! Te in( #im everyt#in(2 'ro(stad! In as enient a manner as I possib y &o) d!

Nora *5)i&k y+! He m)stn't (et t#e etter! Tear it )p! I $i %ind some means o% (ettin( money! 'ro(stad! E.&)se me" Mrs! He mer" b)t I t#ink I to d yo) 1)st no$-Nora! I am not speakin( o% $#at I o$e yo)! Te me $#at s)m yo) are askin( my #)sband %or" and I $i (et t#e money! 'ro(stad! I am not askin( yo)r #)sband %or a penny! Nora! 6#at do yo) $ant" t#en2 'ro(stad! I $i te yo)! I $ant to re#abi itate myse %" Mrs! He mer0 I $ant to (et on0 and in t#at yo)r #)sband m)st #e p me! :or t#e ast year and a #a % I #ave not #ad a #and in anyt#in( dis#ono)rab e" amid a t#at time I #ave been str)(( in( in most restri&ted &ir&)mstan&es! I $as &ontent to $ork my $ay )p step by step! No$ I am t)rned o)t" and I am not (oin( to be satis%ied $it# mere y bein( taken into %avo)r a(ain! I $ant to (et on" I te yo)! I $ant to (et into t#e /ank a(ain" in a #i(#er position! 3o)r #)sband m)st make a p a&e %or me-Nora! T#at #e $i never do4 'ro(stad! He $i 0 I kno$ #im0 #e dare not protest! And as soon as I am in t#ere a(ain $it# #im" t#en yo) $i see4 6it#in a year I s#a be t#e mana(er's ri(#t #and! It $i be Ni s 'ro(stad and not Torva d He mer $#o mana(es t#e /ank! Nora! T#at's a t#in( yo) $i never see4 'ro(stad! Do yo) mean t#at yo) $i --2 Nora! I #ave &o)ra(e eno)(# %or it no$! 'ro(stad! O#" yo) &an't %ri(#ten me! A %ine" spoi t ady ike yo)-Nora! 3o) $i see" yo) $i see! 'ro(stad! Under t#e i&e" per#aps2 Do$n into t#e &o d" &oa -b a&k $ater2 And t#en" in t#e sprin(" to % oat )p to t#e s)r%a&e" a #orrib e and )nre&o(nisab e" $it# yo)r #air %a en o)t--

Nora! 3o) &an't %ri(#ten me! 'ro(stad! Nor yo) me! Peop e don't do s)&# t#in(s" Mrs! He mer! /esides" $#at )se $o) d it be2 I s#o) d #ave #im &omp ete y in my po$er a t#e same! Nora! A%ter$ards2 6#en I am no on(er-'ro(stad! Have yo) %or(otten t#at it is I $#o #ave t#e keepin( o% yo)r rep)tation2 *NORA stands spee&# ess y ookin( at #im!+ 6e " no$" I #ave $arned yo)! Do not do anyt#in( %oo is#! 6#en He mer #as #ad my etter" I s#a e.pe&t a messa(e %rom #im! And be s)re yo) remember t#at it is yo)r #)sband #imse % $#o #as %or&ed me into s)&# $ays as t#is a(ain! I $i never %or(ive #im %or t#at! 8oodbye" Mrs! He mer! *E.it t#ro)(# t#e #a !+ Nora *(oes to t#e #a door" opens it s i(#t y and istens!+ He is (oin(! He is not p)ttin( t#e etter in t#e bo.! O# no" no4 t#at's impossib e4 *Opens t#e door by de(rees!+ 6#at is t#at2 He is standin( o)tside! He is not (oin( do$nstairs! Is #e #esitatin(2 ,an #e--2 *A etter drops into t#e bo.0 t#en 'RO8STAD'S %ootsteps are #eard" )nti t#ey die a$ay as #e (oes do$nstairs! NORA )tters a sti% ed &ry" and r)ns a&ross t#e room to t#e tab e by t#e so%a! A s#ort pa)se!+ Nora! In t#e etter-bo.! *Stea s a&ross to t#e #a door!+ T#ere it ies--Torva d" Torva d" t#ere is no #ope %or )s no$4 *Mrs! LINDE &omes in %rom t#e room on t#e e%t" &arryin( t#e dress!+ Mrs! Linde! T#ere" I &an't see anyt#in( more to mend no$! 6o) d yo) ike to try it on--2 Nora *in a #oarse $#isper+! ,#ristine" &ome #ere! Mrs! Linde *t#ro$in( t#e dress do$n on t#e so%a+! 6#at is t#e matter $it# yo)2 3o) ook so a(itated4 Nora! ,ome #ere! Do yo) see t#at etter2 T#ere" ook--yo) &an see it t#ro)(# t#e ( ass in t#e etter-bo.! Mrs! Linde! 3es" I see it! Nora! T#at etter is %rom 'ro(stad!

Mrs! Linde! Nora--it $as 'ro(stad $#o ent yo) t#e money4 Nora! 3es" and no$ Torva d $i kno$ a abo)t it! Mrs! Linde! /e ieve me" Nora" t#at's t#e best t#in( %or bot# o% yo)! Nora! 3o) don't kno$ a ! I %or(ed a name! Mrs! Linde! 8ood #eavens--4 Nora! I on y $ant to say t#is to yo)" ,#ristine--yo) m)st be my $itness! Mrs! Linde! 3o)r $itness2 6#at do yo) mean2 6#at am I to--2 Nora! I% I s#o) d (o o)t o% my mind--and it mi(#t easi y #appen-Mrs! Linde! Nora4 Nora! Or i% anyt#in( e se s#o) d #appen to me--anyt#in(" %or instan&e" t#at mi(#t prevent my bein( #ere-Mrs! Linde! Nora4 Nora4 yo) are 5)ite o)t o% yo)r mind! Nora! And i% it s#o) d #appen t#at t#ere $ere some one $#o $anted to take a t#e responsibi ity" a t#e b ame" yo) )nderstand-Mrs! Linde! 3es" yes--b)t #o$ &an yo) s)ppose--2 Nora! T#en yo) m)st be my $itness" t#at it is not tr)e" ,#ristine! I am not o)t o% my mind at a 0 I am in my ri(#t senses no$" and I te yo) no one e se #as kno$n anyt#in( abo)t it0 I" and I a one" did t#e $#o e t#in(! Remember t#at! Mrs! Linde! I $i " indeed! /)t I don't )nderstand a t#is! Nora! Ho$ s#o) d yo) )nderstand it2 A $onder%) t#in( is (oin( to #appen4 Mrs! Linde! A $onder%) t#in(2 Nora! 3es" a $onder%) t#in(4--/)t it is so terrib e" ,#ristine0 it m)stn't #appen" not %or a t#e $or d! Mrs! Linde! I $i (o at on&e and see 'ro(stad!

Nora! Don't (o to #im0 #e $i do yo) some #arm! Mrs! Linde! T#ere $as a time $#en #e $o) d ( ad y do anyt#in( %or my sake! Nora! He2 Mrs! Linde! 6#ere does #e ive2 Nora! Ho$ s#o) d I kno$--2 3es *%ee in( in #er po&ket+" #ere is #is &ard! /)t t#e etter" t#e etter--4 He mer *&a s %rom #is room" kno&kin( at t#e door+! Nora4 Nora *&ries o)t an.io)s y+! O#" $#at's t#at2 6#at do yo) $ant2 He mer! Don't be so %ri(#tened! 6e are not &omin( in0 yo) #ave o&ked t#e door! Are yo) tryin( on yo)r dress2 Nora! 3es" t#at's it! I ook so ni&e" Torva d! Mrs! Linde *$#o #as read t#e &ard+! I see #e ives at t#e &orner #ere! Nora! 3es" b)t it's no )se! It is #ope ess! T#e etter is yin( t#ere in t#e bo.! Mrs! Linde! And yo)r #)sband keeps t#e key2 Nora! 3es" a $ays! Mrs! Linde! 'ro(stad m)st ask %or #is etter ba&k )nread" #e m)st %ind some preten&e-Nora! /)t it is 1)st at t#is time t#at Torva d (enera y-Mrs! Linde! 3o) m)st de ay #im! 8o in to #im in t#e meantime! I $i &ome ba&k as soon as I &an! *S#e (oes o)t #)rried y t#ro)(# t#e #a door!+ Nora *(oes to HELMER'S door" opens it and peeps in+! Torva d4 He mer *%rom t#e inner room+! 6e 2 May I vent)re at ast to &ome into my o$n room a(ain2 ,ome a on(" Rank" no$ yo) $i see-*Ha tin( in t#e door$ay!+ /)t $#at is t#is2 Nora! 6#at is $#at" dear2

He mer! Rank ed me to e.pe&t a sp endid trans%ormation! Rank *in t#e door$ay+! I )nderstood so" b)t evident y I $as mistaken! Nora! 3es" nobody is to #ave t#e &#an&e o% admirin( me in my dress )nti tomorro$! He mer! /)t" my dear Nora" yo) ook so $orn o)t! Have yo) been pra&tisin( too m)&#2 Nora! No" I #ave not pra&tised at a ! He mer! /)t yo) $i need to-Nora! 3es" indeed I s#a " Torva d! /)t I &an't (et on a bit $it#o)t yo) to #e p me0 I #ave abso )te y %or(otten t#e $#o e t#in(! He mer! O#" $e $i soon $ork it )p a(ain! Nora! 3es" #e p me" Torva d! Promise t#at yo) $i 4 I am so nervo)s abo)t it--a t#e peop e--! 3o) m)st (ive yo)rse % )p to me entire y t#is evenin(! Not t#e tiniest bit o% b)siness--yo) m)stn't even take a pen in yo)r #and! 6i yo) promise" Torva d dear2 He mer! I promise! T#is evenin( I $i be $#o y and abso )te y at yo)r servi&e" yo) #e p ess itt e morta ! A#" by t#e $ay" %irst o% a I $i 1)st-- *8oes to$ards t#e #a door!+ Nora! 6#at are yo) (oin( to do t#ere2 He mer! On y see i% any etters #ave &ome! Nora! No" no4 don't do t#at" Torva d4 He mer! 6#y not2 Nora! Torva d" p ease don't! T#ere is not#in( t#ere! He mer! 6e " et me ook! *T)rns to (o to t#e etter-bo.! NORA" at t#e piano" p ays t#e %irst bars o% t#e Tarante a! HELMER stops in t#e door$ay!+ A#a4 Nora! I &an't dan&e tomorro$ i% I don't pra&tise $it# yo)!

He mer *(oin( )p to #er+! Are yo) rea y so a%raid o% it" dear2 Nora! 3es" so dread%) y a%raid o% it! Let me pra&tise at on&e0 t#ere is time no$" be%ore $e (o to dinner! Sit do$n and p ay %or me" Torva d dear0 &riti&ise me" and &orre&t me as yo) p ay! He mer! 6it# (reat p eas)re" i% yo) $is# me to! *Sits do$n at t#e piano!+ Nora *takes o)t o% t#e bo. a tambo)rine and a on( varie(ated s#a$ ! S#e #asti y drapes t#e s#a$ ro)nd #er! T#en s#e sprin(s to t#e %ront o% t#e sta(e and &a s o)t+! No$ p ay %or me4 I am (oin( to dan&e4 *HELMER p ays and NORA dan&es! RAN' stands by t#e piano be#ind HELMER" and ooks on!+ He mer *as #e p ays+! S o$er" s o$er4 Nora! I &an't do it any ot#er $ay! He mer! Not so vio ent y" Nora4 Nora! T#is is t#e $ay! He mer *stops p ayin(+! No" no--t#at is not a bit ri(#t! Nora * a)(#in( and s$in(in( t#e tambo)rine+! Didn't I te yo) so2 Rank! Let me p ay %or #er! He mer *(ettin( )p+! 3es" do! I &an &orre&t #er better t#en! *RAN' sits do$n at t#e piano and p ays! NORA dan&es more and more $i d y! HELMER #as taken )p a position beside t#e stove" and d)rin( #er dan&e (ives #er %re5)ent instr)&tions! S#e does not seem to #ear #im0 #er #air &omes do$n and %a s over #er s#o) ders0 s#e pays no attention to it" b)t (oes on dan&in(! Enter Mrs! LINDE!+ Mrs! Linde *standin( as i% spe -bo)nd in t#e door$ay+! O#4-Nora *as s#e dan&es+! S)&# %)n" ,#ristine4 He mer! My dear dar in( Nora" yo) are dan&in( as i% yo)r i%e

depended on it! Nora! So it does! He mer! Stop" Rank0 t#is is s#eer madness! Stop" I te yo)4 *RAN' stops p ayin(" and NORA s)dden y stands sti ! HELMER (oes )p to #er!+ I &o) d never #ave be ieved it! 3o) #ave %or(otten everyt#in( I ta)(#t yo)! Nora *t#ro$in( a$ay t#e tambo)rine+! T#ere" yo) see! He mer! 3o) $i $ant a ot o% &oa&#in(! Nora! 3es" yo) see #o$ m)&# I need it! 3o) m)st &oa&# me )p to t#e ast min)te! Promise me t#at" Torva d4 He mer! 3o) &an depend on me! Nora! 3o) m)st not t#ink o% anyt#in( b)t me" eit#er today or tomorro$0 yo) m)stn't open a sin( e etter--not even open t#e etter-bo.-He mer! A#" yo) are sti a%raid o% t#at %e o$-Nora! 3es" indeed I am! He mer! Nora" I &an te %rom yo)r ooks t#at t#ere is a etter %rom #im yin( t#ere! Nora! I don't kno$0 I t#ink t#ere is0 b)t yo) m)st not read anyt#in( o% t#at kind no$! Not#in( #orrid m)st &ome bet$een )s )nti t#is is a over! Rank *$#ispers to HELMER+! 3o) m)stn't &ontradi&t #er! He mer *takin( #er in #is arms+! T#e &#i d s#a #ave #er $ay! /)t tomorro$ ni(#t" a%ter yo) #ave dan&ed-Nora! T#en yo) $i be %ree! *T#e MAID appears in t#e door$ay to t#e ri(#t!+ Maid! Dinner is served" ma'am! Nora! 6e $i #ave &#ampa(ne" He en! Maid! 9ery (ood" ma'am! AE.it!

He mer! H) o4--are $e (oin( to #ave a ban5)et2 Nora! 3es" a &#ampa(ne ban5)et )nti t#e sma #o)rs! *,a s o)t!+ And a %e$ ma&aroons" He en-- ots" 1)st %or on&e4 He mer! ,ome" &ome" don't be so $i d and nervo)s! /e my o$n itt e sky ark" as yo) )sed! Nora! 3es" dear" I $i ! /)t (o in no$ and yo) too" Do&tor Rank! ,#ristine" yo) m)st #e p me to do )p my #air! Rank *$#ispers to HELMER as t#ey (o o)t+! I s)ppose t#ere is not#in(--s#e is not e.pe&tin( anyt#in(2 He mer! :ar %rom it" my dear %e o$0 it is simp y not#in( more t#an t#is &#i dis# nervo)sness I $as te in( yo) o%! *T#ey (o into t#e ri(#t-#and room!+ Nora! 6e 4 Mrs! Linde! 8one o)t o% to$n! Nora! I &o) d te %rom yo)r %a&e! Mrs! Linde! He is &omin( #ome tomorro$ evenin(! I $rote a note %or #im! Nora! 3o) s#o) d #ave et it a one0 yo) m)st prevent not#in(! A%ter a " it is sp endid to be $aitin( %or a $onder%) t#in( to #appen! Mrs! Linde! 6#at is it t#at yo) are $aitin( %or2 Nora! O#" yo) $o) dn't )nderstand! 8o in to t#em" I $i &ome in a moment! *Mrs! LINDE (oes into t#e dinin(-room! NORA stands sti %or a itt e $#i e" as i% to &ompose #erse %! T#en s#e ooks at #er $at&#!+ :ive o'& o&k! Seven #o)rs )nti midni(#t0 and t#en %o)r-and-t$enty #o)rs )nti t#e ne.t midni(#t! T#en t#e Tarante a $i be over! T$enty-%o)r and seven2 T#irty-one #o)rs to ive! He mer *%rom t#e door$ay on t#e ri(#t+! 6#ere's my itt e sky ark2 Nora *(oin( to #im $it# #er arms o)tstret&#ed+! Here s#e is4

ACT III *THE SAME S,ENE!--T#e tab e #as been p a&ed in t#e midd e o% t#e sta(e" $it# &#airs aro)nd it! A amp is b)rnin( on t#e tab e! T#e door into t#e #a stands open! Dan&e m)si& is #eard in t#e room above! Mrs! LINDE is sittin( at t#e tab e id y t)rnin( over t#e eaves o% a book0 s#e tries to read" b)t does not seem ab e to &o e&t #er t#o)(#ts! Every no$ and t#en s#e istens intent y %or a so)nd at t#e o)ter door!+ Mrs! Linde * ookin( at #er $at&#+! Not yet--and t#e time is near y )p! I% on y #e does not--! *Listens a(ain!+ A#" t#ere #e is! *8oes into t#e #a and opens t#e o)ter door &are%) y! Li(#t %ootsteps are #eard on t#e stairs! S#e $#ispers!+ ,ome in! T#ere is no one #ere! 'ro(stad *in t#e door$ay+! I %o)nd a note %rom yo) at #ome! 6#at does t#is mean2 Mrs! Linde! It is abso )te y ne&essary t#at I s#o) d #ave a ta k $it# yo)! 'ro(stad! Rea y2 And is it abso )te y ne&essary t#at it s#o) d be #ere2 Mrs! Linde! It is impossib e $#ere I ive0 t#ere is no private entran&e to my rooms! ,ome in0 $e are 5)ite a one! T#e maid is as eep" and t#e He mers are at t#e dan&e )pstairs! 'ro(stad *&omin( into t#e room+! Are t#e He mers rea y at a dan&e toni(#t2 Mrs! Linde! 3es" $#y not2 'ro(stad! ,ertain y--$#y not2 Mrs! Linde! No$" Ni s" et )s #ave a ta k! 'ro(stad! ,an $e t$o #ave anyt#in( to ta k abo)t2 Mrs! Linde! 6e #ave a (reat dea to ta k abo)t! 'ro(stad! I s#o) dn't #ave t#o)(#t so!

Mrs! Linde! No" yo) #ave never proper y )nderstood me! 'ro(stad! 6as t#ere anyt#in( e se to )nderstand e.&ept $#at $as obvio)s to a t#e $or d--a #eart ess $oman 1i ts a man $#en a more )&rative &#an&e t)rns )p2 Mrs! Linde! Do yo) be ieve I am as abso )te y #eart ess as a t#at2 And do yo) be ieve t#at I did it $it# a i(#t #eart2 'ro(stad! Didn't yo)2 Mrs! Linde! Ni s" did yo) rea y t#ink t#at2 'ro(stad! I% it $ere as yo) say" $#y did yo) $rite to me as yo) did at t#e time2 Mrs! Linde! I &o) d do not#in( e se! As I #ad to break $it# yo)" it $as my d)ty a so to p)t an end to a t#at yo) %e t %or me! 'ro(stad *$rin(in( #is #ands+! So t#at $as it! And a t#is--on y %or t#e sake o% money4 Mrs! Linde! 3o) m)st not %or(et t#at I #ad a #e p ess mot#er and t$o itt e brot#ers! 6e &o) dn't $ait %or yo)" Ni s0 yo)r prospe&ts seemed #ope ess t#en! 'ro(stad! T#at may be so" b)t yo) #ad no ri(#t to t#ro$ me over %or anyone e se's sake! Mrs! Linde! Indeed I don't kno$! Many a time did I ask myse % i% I #ad t#e ri(#t to do it! 'ro(stad *more (ent y+! 6#en I ost yo)" it $as as i% a t#e so id (ro)nd $ent %rom )nder my %eet! Look at me no$--I am a s#ip$re&ked man & in(in( to a bit o% $re&ka(e! Mrs! Linde! /)t #e p may be near! 'ro(stad! It $as near0 b)t t#en yo) &ame and stood in my $ay! Mrs! Linde! Unintentiona y" Ni s! It $as on y today t#at I earned it $as yo)r p a&e I $as (oin( to take in t#e /ank! 'ro(stad! I be ieve yo)" i% yo) say so! /)t no$ t#at yo) kno$ it" are yo) not (oin( to (ive it )p to me2

Mrs! Linde! No" be&a)se t#at $o) d not bene%it yo) in t#e east! 'ro(stad! O#" bene%it" bene%it--I $o) d #ave done it $#et#er or no! Mrs! Linde! I #ave earned to a&t pr)dent y! Li%e" and #ard" bitter ne&essity #ave ta)(#t me t#at! 'ro(stad! And i%e #as ta)(#t me not to be ieve in %ine spee&#es! Mrs! Linde! T#en i%e #as ta)(#t yo) somet#in( very reasonab e! /)t deeds yo) m)st be ieve in2 'ro(stad! 6#at do yo) mean by t#at2 Mrs! Linde! 3o) said yo) $ere ike a s#ip$re&ked man & in(in( to some $re&ka(e! 'ro(stad! I #ad (ood reason to say so! Mrs! Linde! 6e " I am ike a s#ip$re&ked $oman & in(in( to some $re&ka(e--no one to mo)rn %or" no one to &are %or! 'ro(stad! It $as yo)r o$n &#oi&e! Mrs! Linde! T#ere $as no ot#er &#oi&e--t#en! 'ro(stad! 6e " $#at no$2 Mrs! Linde! Ni s" #o$ $o) d it be i% $e t$o s#ip$re&ked peop e &o) d 1oin %or&es2 'ro(stad! 6#at are yo) sayin(2 Mrs! Linde! T$o on t#e same pie&e o% $re&ka(e $o) d stand a better &#an&e t#an ea&# on t#eir o$n! 'ro(stad! ,#ristine I!!! Mrs! Linde! 6#at do yo) s)ppose bro)(#t me to to$n2 'ro(stad! Do yo) mean t#at yo) (ave me a t#o)(#t2 Mrs! Linde! I &o) d not end)re i%e $it#o)t $ork! A my i%e" as on( as I &an remember" I #ave $orked" and it #as been my (reatest

and on y p eas)re! /)t no$ I am 5)ite a one in t#e $or d--my i%e is so dread%) y empty and I %ee so %orsaken! T#ere is not t#e east p eas)re in $orkin( %or one's se %! Ni s" (ive me someone and somet#in( to $ork %or! 'ro(stad! I don't tr)st t#at! It is not#in( b)t a $oman's overstrained sense o% (enerosity t#at prompts yo) to make s)&# an o%%er o% yo)rse %! Mrs! Linde! Have yo) ever noti&ed anyt#in( o% t#e sort in me2 'ro(stad! ,o) d yo) rea y do it2 Te me--do yo) kno$ a abo)t my past i%e2 Mrs! Linde! 3es! 'ro(stad! And do yo) kno$ $#at t#ey t#ink o% me #ere2 Mrs! Linde! 3o) seemed to me to imp y t#at $it# me yo) mi(#t #ave been 5)ite anot#er man! 'ro(stad! I am &ertain o% it! Mrs! Linde! Is it too ate no$2 'ro(stad! ,#ristine" are yo) sayin( t#is de iberate y2 3es" I am s)re yo) are! I see it in yo)r %a&e! Have yo) rea y t#e &o)ra(e" t#en--2 Mrs! Linde! I $ant to be a mot#er to someone" and yo)r &#i dren need a mot#er! 6e t$o need ea&# ot#er! Ni s" I #ave %ait# in yo)r rea &#ara&ter--I &an dare anyt#in( to(et#er $it# yo)! 'ro(stad *(rasps #er #ands+! T#anks" t#anks" ,#ristine4 No$ I s#a %ind a $ay to & ear myse % in t#e eyes o% t#e $or d! A#" b)t I %or(ot-Mrs! Linde * istenin(+! H)s#4 T#e Tarante a4 8o" (o4 'ro(stad! 6#y2 6#at is it2 Mrs! Linde! Do yo) #ear t#em )p t#ere2 6#en t#at is over" $e may e.pe&t t#em ba&k! 'ro(stad! 3es" yes--I $i (o! /)t it is a no )se! O% &o)rse

yo) are not a$are $#at steps I #ave taken in t#e matter o% t#e He mers! Mrs! Linde! 3es" I kno$ a abo)t t#at! 'ro(stad! And in spite o% t#at #ave yo) t#e &o)ra(e to--2 Mrs! Linde! I )nderstand very $e to $#at en(t#s a man ike yo) mi(#t be driven by despair! 'ro(stad! I% I &o) d on y )ndo $#at I #ave done4 Mrs! Linde! 3o) &annot! 3o)r etter is yin( in t#e etter-bo. no$! 'ro(stad! Are yo) s)re o% t#at2 Mrs! Linde! =)ite s)re" b)t-'ro(stad *$it# a sear&#in( ook at #er+! Is t#at $#at it a means2--t#at yo) $ant to save yo)r %riend at any &ost2 Te me %rank y! Is t#at it2 Mrs! Linde! Ni s" a $oman $#o #as on&e so d #erse % %or anot#er's sake" doesn't do it a se&ond time! 'ro(stad! I $i ask %or my etter ba&k! Mrs! Linde! No" no! 'ro(stad! 3es" o% &o)rse I $i ! I $i $ait #ere )nti He mer &omes0 I $i te #im #e m)st (ive me my etter ba&k--t#at it on y &on&erns my dismissa --t#at #e is not to read it-Mrs! Linde! No" Ni s" yo) m)st not re&a yo)r etter! 'ro(stad! /)t" te me" $asn't it %or t#at very p)rpose t#at yo) asked me to meet yo) #ere2 Mrs! Linde! In my %irst moment o% %ri(#t" it $as! /)t t$enty-%o)r #o)rs #ave e apsed sin&e t#en" and in t#at time I #ave $itnessed in&redib e t#in(s in t#is #o)se! He mer m)st kno$ a abo)t it! T#is )n#appy se&ret m)st be dis& osed0 t#ey m)st #ave a &omp ete )nderstandin( bet$een t#em" $#i&# is impossib e $it# a t#is &on&ea ment and %a se#ood (oin( on!

'ro(stad! 9ery $e " i% yo) $i take t#e responsibi ity! /)t t#ere is one t#in( I &an do in any &ase" and I s#a do it at on&e! Mrs! Linde * istenin(+! 3o) m)st be 5)i&k and (o4 T#e dan&e is over0 $e are not sa%e a moment on(er! 'ro(stad! I $i $ait %or yo) be o$! Mrs! Linde! 3es" do! 3o) m)st see me ba&k to my door!!! 'ro(stad! I #ave never #ad s)&# an ama<in( pie&e o% (ood %ort)ne in my i%e4 *8oes o)t t#ro)(# t#e o)ter door! T#e door bet$een t#e room and t#e #a remains open!+ Mrs! Linde *tidyin( )p t#e room and ayin( #er #at and & oak ready+! 6#at a di%%eren&e4 $#at a di%%eren&e4 Someone to $ork %or and ive %or--a #ome to brin( &om%ort into! T#at I $i do" indeed! I $is# t#ey $o) d be 5)i&k and &ome--*Listens!+ A#" t#ere t#ey are no$! I m)st p)t on my t#in(s! *Takes )p #er #at and & oak! HELMER'S and NORA'S voi&es are #eard o)tside0 a key is t)rned" and HELMER brin(s NORA a most by %or&e into t#e #a ! S#e is in an Ita ian &ost)me $it# a ar(e b a&k s#a$ aro)nd #er0 #e is in evenin( dress" and a b a&k domino $#i&# is % yin( open!+ Nora *#an(in( ba&k in t#e door$ay" and str)(( in( $it# #im+! No" no" no4--don't take me in! I $ant to (o )pstairs a(ain0 I don't $ant to eave so ear y! He mer! /)t" my dearest Nora-Nora! P ease" Torva d dear--p ease" p ease--on y an #o)r more! He mer! Not a sin( e min)te" my s$eet Nora! 3o) kno$ t#at $as o)r a(reement! ,ome a on( into t#e room0 yo) are &at&#in( &o d standin( t#ere! *He brin(s #er (ent y into t#e room" in spite o% #er resistan&e!+ Mrs! Linde! 8ood evenin(! Nora! ,#ristine4 He mer! 3o) #ere" so ate" Mrs! Linde2

Mrs! Linde! 3es" yo) m)st e.&)se me0 I $as so an.io)s to see Nora in #er dress! Nora! Have yo) been sittin( #ere $aitin( %or me2 Mrs! Linde! 3es" )n%ort)nate y I &ame too ate" yo) #ad a ready (one )pstairs0 and I t#o)(#t I &o) dn't (o a$ay a(ain $it#o)t #avin( seen yo)! He mer *takin( o%% NORA'S s#a$ +! 3es" take a (ood ook at #er! I t#ink s#e is $ort# ookin( at! Isn't s#e &#armin(" Mrs! Linde2 Mrs! Linde! 3es" indeed s#e is! He mer! Doesn't s#e ook remarkab y pretty2 Everyone t#o)(#t so at t#e dan&e! /)t s#e is terrib y se %-$i ed" t#is s$eet itt e person! 6#at are $e to do $it# #er2 3o) $i #ard y be ieve t#at I #ad a most to brin( #er a$ay by %or&e! Nora! Torva d" yo) $i repent not #avin( et me stay" even i% it $ere on y %or #a % an #o)r! He mer! Listen to #er" Mrs! Linde4 S#e #ad dan&ed #er Tarante a" and it #ad been a tremendo)s s)&&ess" as it deserved--a t#o)(# possib y t#e per%orman&e $as a tri% e too rea isti&--a itt e more so" I mean" t#an $as stri&t y &ompatib e $it# t#e imitations o% art! /)t never mind abo)t t#at4 T#e &#ie% t#in( is" s#e #ad made a s)&&ess--s#e #ad made a tremendo)s s)&&ess! Do yo) t#ink I $as (oin( to et #er remain t#ere a%ter t#at" and spoi t#e e%%e&t2 No" indeed4 I took my &#armin( itt e ,apri maiden--my &apri&io)s itt e ,apri maiden" I s#o) d say--on my arm0 took one 5)i&k t)rn ro)nd t#e room0 a &)rtsey on eit#er side" and" as t#ey say in nove s" t#e bea)ti%) apparition disappeared! An e.it o)(#t a $ays to be e%%e&tive" Mrs! Linde0 b)t t#at is $#at I &annot make Nora )nderstand! Poo#4 t#is room is #ot! *T#ro$s #is domino on a &#air" and opens t#e door o% #is room!+ H) o4 it's a dark in #ere! O#" o% &o)rse--e.&)se me--! *He (oes in" and i(#ts some &and es!+ Nora *in a #)rried and breat# ess $#isper+! 6e 2 Mrs! Linde *in a o$ voi&e+! I #ave #ad a ta k $it# #im! Nora! 3es" and--

Mrs! Linde! Nora" yo) m)st te yo)r #)sband a abo)t it! Nora *in an e.pression ess voi&e+! I kne$ it! Mrs! Linde! 3o) #ave not#in( to be a%raid o% as %ar as 'ro(stad is &on&erned0 b)t yo) m)st te #im! Nora! I $on't te #im! Mrs! Linde! T#en t#e etter $i ! Nora! T#ank yo)" ,#ristine! No$ I kno$ $#at I m)st do! H)s#--4 He mer *&omin( in a(ain+! 6e " Mrs! Linde" #ave yo) admired #er2 Mrs! Linde! 3es" and no$ I $i say (oodni(#t! He mer! 6#at" a ready2 Is t#is yo)rs" t#is knittin(2 Mrs! Linde *takin( it+! 3es" t#ank yo)" I #ad very near y %or(otten it! He mer! So yo) knit2 Mrs! Linde! O% &o)rse! He mer! Do yo) kno$" yo) o)(#t to embroider! Mrs! Linde! Rea y2 6#y2 He mer! 3es" it's %ar more be&omin(! Let me s#o$ yo)! 3o) #o d t#e embroidery t#)s in yo)r e%t #and" and )se t#e need e $it# t#e ri(#t-- ike t#is--$it# a on(" easy s$eep! Do yo) see2 Mrs! Linde! 3es" per#aps-He mer! /)t in t#e &ase o% knittin(--t#at &an never be anyt#in( b)t )n(ra&e%) 0 ook #ere--t#e arms & ose to(et#er" t#e knittin(need es (oin( )p and do$n--it #as a sort o% ,#inese e%%e&t--! T#at $as rea y e.&e ent &#ampa(ne t#ey (ave )s! Mrs! Linde! 6e "--(oodni(#t" Nora" and don't be se %-$i ed any more! He mer! T#at's ri(#t" Mrs! Linde!

Mrs! Linde! 8oodni(#t" Mr! He mer! He mer *a&&ompanyin( #er to t#e door+! 8oodni(#t" (oodni(#t! I #ope yo) $i (et #ome a ri(#t! I s#o) d be very #appy to--b)t yo) #aven't any (reat distan&e to (o! 8oodni(#t" (oodni(#t! *S#e (oes o)t0 #e s#)ts t#e door a%ter #er" and &omes in a(ain!+ A#4--at ast $e #ave (ot rid o% #er! S#e is a %ri(#t%) bore" t#at $oman! Nora! Aren't yo) very tired" Torva d2 He mer! No" not in t#e east! Nora! Nor s eepy2 He mer! Not a bit! On t#e &ontrary" I %ee e.traordinari y ive y! And yo)2--yo) rea y ook bot# tired and s eepy! Nora! 3es" I am very tired! I $ant to (o to s eep at on&e! He mer! T#ere" yo) see it $as 5)ite ri(#t o% me not to et yo) stay t#ere any on(er! Nora! Everyt#in( yo) do is 5)ite ri(#t" Torva d! He mer *kissin( #er on t#e %ore#ead+! No$ my itt e sky ark is speakin( reasonab y! Did yo) noti&e $#at (ood spirits Rank $as in t#is evenin(2 Nora! Rea y2 6as #e2 I didn't speak to #im at a ! He mer! And I very itt e" b)t I #ave not %or a on( time seen #im in s)&# (ood %orm! *Looks %or a $#i e at #er and t#en (oes nearer to #er!+ It is de i(#t%) to be at #ome by o)rse ves a(ain" to be a a one $it# yo)--yo) %as&inatin(" &#armin( itt e dar in(4 Nora! Don't ook at me ike t#at" Torva d! He mer! 6#y s#o) dn't I ook at my dearest treas)re2--at a t#e bea)ty t#at is mine" a my very o$n2 Nora *(oin( to t#e ot#er side o% t#e tab e+! 3o) m)stn't say t#in(s ike t#at to me toni(#t! He mer *%o o$in( #er+! 3o) #ave sti (ot t#e Tarante a in yo)r

b ood" I see! And it makes yo) more &aptivatin( t#an ever! Listen--t#e ()ests are be(innin( to (o no$! *In a o$er voi&e!+ Nora--soon t#e $#o e #o)se $i be 5)iet! Nora! 3es" I #ope so! He mer! 3es" my o$n dar in( Nora! Do yo) kno$" $#en I am o)t at a party $it# yo) ike t#is" $#y I speak so itt e to yo)" keep a$ay %rom yo)" and on y send a sto en ( an&e in yo)r dire&tion no$ and t#en2--do yo) kno$ $#y I do t#at2 It is be&a)se I make be ieve to myse % t#at $e are se&ret y in ove" and yo) are my se&ret y promised bride" and t#at no one s)spe&ts t#ere is anyt#in( bet$een )s! Nora! 3es" yes--I kno$ very $e yo)r t#o)(#ts are $it# me a t#e time! He mer! And $#en $e are eavin(" and I am p)ttin( t#e s#a$ over yo)r bea)ti%) yo)n( s#o) ders--on yo)r ove y ne&k--t#en I ima(ine t#at yo) are my yo)n( bride and t#at $e #ave 1)st &ome %rom t#e $eddin(" and I am brin(in( yo) %or t#e %irst time into o)r #ome--to be a one $it# yo) %or t#e %irst time--5)ite a one $it# my s#y itt e dar in(4 A t#is evenin( I #ave on(ed %or not#in( b)t yo)! 6#en I $at&#ed t#e sed)&tive %i()res o% t#e Tarante a" my b ood $as on %ire0 I &o) d end)re it no on(er" and t#at $as $#y I bro)(#t yo) do$n so ear y-Nora! 8o a$ay" Torva d4 3o) m)st et me (o! I $on't-He mer! 6#at's t#at2 3o)'re 1okin(" my itt e Nora4 3o) $on't-yo) $on't2 Am I not yo)r #)sband--2 *A kno&k is #eard at t#e o)ter door!+ Nora *startin(+! Did yo) #ear--2 He mer *(oin( into t#e #a +! 6#o is it2 Rank *o)tside+! It is I! May I &ome in %or a moment2 He mer *in a %ret%) $#isper+! O#" $#at does #e $ant no$2 *A o)d!+ 6ait a min)te4 *Un o&ks t#e door!+ ,ome" t#at's kind o% yo) not to pass by o)r door! Rank! I t#o)(#t I #eard yo)r voi&e" and %e t as i% I s#o) d ike to ook in! *6it# a s$i%t ( an&e ro)nd!+ A#" yes4--t#ese dear %ami iar rooms! 3o) are very #appy and &osy in #ere" yo) t$o!

He mer! It seems to me t#at yo) ooked a%ter yo)rse % pretty $e )pstairs too! Rank! E.&e ent y! 6#y s#o) dn't I2 6#y s#o) dn't one en1oy everyt#in( in t#is $or d2--at any rate as m)&# as one &an" and as on( as one &an! T#e $ine $as &apita -He mer! Espe&ia y t#e &#ampa(ne! Rank! So yo) noti&ed t#at too2 It is a most in&redib e #o$ m)&# I mana(ed to p)t a$ay4 Nora! Torva d drank a (reat dea o% &#ampa(ne toni(#t too! Rank! Did #e2 Nora! 3es" and #e is a $ays in s)&# (ood spirits a%ter$ards! Rank! 6e " $#y s#o) d one not en1oy a merry evenin( a%ter a $e -spent day2 He mer! 6e spent2 I am a%raid I &an't take &redit %or t#at! Rank *& appin( #im on t#e ba&k+! /)t I &an" yo) kno$4 Nora! Do&tor Rank" yo) m)st #ave been o&&)pied $it# some s&ienti%i& investi(ation today! Rank! E.a&t y! He mer! 7)st isten4-- itt e Nora ta kin( abo)t s&ienti%i& investi(ations4 Nora! And may I &on(rat) ate yo) on t#e res) t2 Rank! Indeed yo) may! Nora! 6as it %avo)rab e" t#en2 Rank! T#e best possib e" %or bot# do&tor and patient--&ertainty! Nora *5)i&k y and sear&#in( y+! ,ertainty2 Rank! Abso )te &ertainty! So $asn't I entit ed to make a merry

evenin( o% it a%ter t#at2 Nora! 3es" yo) &ertain y $ere" Do&tor Rank! He mer! I t#ink so too" so on( as yo) don't #ave to pay %or it in t#e mornin(! Rank! O# $e " one &an't #ave anyt#in( in t#is i%e $it#o)t payin( %or it! Nora! Do&tor Rank--are yo) %ond o% %an&y-dress ba s2 Rank! 3es" i% t#ere is a %ine ot o% pretty &ost)mes! Nora! Te me--$#at s#a $e t$o $ear at t#e ne.t2 He mer! Litt e %eat#erbrain4--are yo) t#inkin( o% t#e ne.t a ready2 Rank! 6e t$o2 3es" I &an te yo)! 3o) s#a (o as a (ood %airy-He mer! 3es" b)t $#at do yo) s)((est as an appropriate &ost)me %or t#at2 Rank! Let yo)r $i%e (o dressed 1)st as s#e is in everyday i%e! He mer! T#at $as rea y very pretti y t)rned! /)t &an't yo) te )s $#at yo) $i be2 Rank! 3es" my dear %riend" I #ave 5)ite made )p my mind abo)t t#at! He mer! 6e 2 Rank! At t#e ne.t %an&y-dress ba I s#a be invisib e! He mer! T#at's a (ood 1oke4 Rank! T#ere is a bi( b a&k #at--#ave yo) never #eard o% #ats t#at make yo) invisib e2 I% yo) p)t one on" no one &an see yo)! He mer *s)ppressin( a smi e+! 3es" yo) are 5)ite ri(#t! Rank! /)t I am & ean %or(ettin( $#at I &ame %or! He mer" (ive me a &i(ar--one o% t#e dark Havanas! He mer! 6it# t#e (reatest p eas)re! *O%%ers #im #is &ase!+

Rank *takes a &i(ar and &)ts o%% t#e end+! T#anks! Nora *strikin( a mat&#+! Let me (ive yo) a i(#t! Rank! T#ank yo)! *S#e #o ds t#e mat&# %or #im to i(#t #is &i(ar!+ And no$ (oodbye4 He mer! 8oodbye" (oodbye" dear o d man4 Nora! S eep $e " Do&tor Rank! Rank! T#ank yo) %or t#at $is#! Nora! 6is# me t#e same! Rank! 3o)2 6e " i% yo) $ant me to s eep $e 4 And t#anks %or t#e i(#t! *He nods to t#em bot# and (oes o)t!+ He mer *in a s)bd)ed voi&e+! He #as dr)nk more t#an #e o)(#t! Nora *absent y+! Maybe! *HELMER takes a b)n&# o% keys o)t o% #is po&ket and (oes into t#e #a !+ Torva d4 $#at are yo) (oin( to do t#ere2 He mer! Emptyin( t#e etter-bo.0 it is 5)ite %) 0 t#ere $i be no room to p)t t#e ne$spaper in tomorro$ mornin(! Nora! Are yo) (oin( to $ork toni(#t2 He mer! 3o) kno$ 5)ite $e I'm not! 6#at is t#is2 Someone #as been at t#e o&k! Nora! At t#e o&k--2 He mer! 3es" someone #as! 6#at &an it mean2 I s#o) d never #ave t#o)(#t t#e maid--! Here is a broken #airpin! Nora" it is one o% yo)rs! Nora *5)i&k y+! T#en it m)st #ave been t#e &#i dren-He mer! T#en yo) m)st (et t#em o)t o% t#ose $ays! T#ere" at ast I #ave (ot it open! *Takes o)t t#e &ontents o% t#e etter-bo." and &a s to t#e kit&#en!+ He en4--He en" p)t o)t t#e i(#t over t#e %ront door! *8oes ba&k into t#e room and s#)ts t#e door into t#e #a ! He #o ds o)t #is #and %) o% etters!+ Look at t#at--

ook $#at a #eap o% t#em t#ere are! *T)rnin( t#em over!+ 6#at on eart# is t#at2 Nora *at t#e $indo$+! T#e etter--No4 Torva d" no4 He mer! T$o &ards--o% Rank's! Nora! O% Do&tor Rank's2 He mer * ookin( at t#em+! Do&tor Rank! T#ey $ere on t#e top! He m)st #ave p)t t#em in $#en #e $ent o)t! Nora! Is t#ere anyt#in( $ritten on t#em2 He mer! T#ere is a b a&k &ross over t#e name! Look t#ere--$#at an )n&om%ortab e idea4 It ooks as i% #e $ere anno)n&in( #is o$n deat#! Nora! It is 1)st $#at #e is doin(! He mer! 6#at2 Do yo) kno$ anyt#in( abo)t it2 Has #e said anyt#in( to yo)2 Nora! 3es! He to d me t#at $#en t#e &ards &ame it $o) d be #is eave-takin( %rom )s! He means to s#)t #imse % )p and die! He mer! My poor o d %riend4 ,ertain y I kne$ $e s#o) d not #ave #im very on( $it# )s! /)t so soon4 And so #e #ides #imse % a$ay ike a $o)nded anima ! Nora! I% it #as to #appen" it is best it s#o) d be $it#o)t a $ord--don't yo) t#ink so" Torva d2 He mer *$a kin( )p and do$n+! He #ad so (ro$n into o)r ives! I &an't t#ink o% #im as #avin( (one o)t o% t#em! He" $it# #is s)%%erin(s and #is one iness" $as ike a & o)dy ba&k(ro)nd to o)r s)n it #appiness! 6e " per#aps it is best so! :or #im" any$ay! *Standin( sti !+ And per#aps %or )s too" Nora! 6e t$o are t#ro$n 5)ite )pon ea&# ot#er no$! *P)ts #is arms ro)nd #er!+ My dar in( $i%e" I don't %ee as i% I &o) d #o d yo) ti(#t eno)(#! Do yo) kno$" Nora" I #ave o%ten $is#ed t#at yo) mi(#t be t#reatened by some (reat dan(er" so t#at I mi(#t risk my i%e's b ood" and everyt#in(" %or yo)r sake! Nora *disen(a(es #erse %" and says %irm y and de&ided y+! No$ yo) m)st read yo)r etters" Torva d!

He mer! No" no0 not toni(#t! I $ant to be $it# yo)" my dar in( $i%e! Nora! 6it# t#e t#o)(#t o% yo)r %riend's deat#-He mer! 3o) are ri(#t" it #as a%%e&ted )s bot#! Somet#in( )( y #as &ome bet$een )s--t#e t#o)(#t o% t#e #orrors o% deat#! 6e m)st try and rid o)r minds o% t#at! Unti t#en--$e $i ea&# (o to o)r o$n room! Nora *#an(in( on #is ne&k+! 8oodni(#t" Torva d--8oodni(#t4 He mer *kissin( #er on t#e %ore#ead+! 8oodni(#t" my itt e sin(in(-bird! S eep so)nd" Nora! No$ I $i read my etters t#ro)(#! *He takes #is etters and (oes into #is room" s#)ttin( t#e door a%ter #im!+ Nora *(ropes distra&ted y abo)t" sei<es HELMER'S domino" t#ro$s it ro)nd #er" $#i e s#e says in 5)i&k" #oarse" spasmodi& $#ispers+! Never to see #im a(ain! Never4 Never4 *P)ts #er s#a$ over #er #ead!+ Never to see my &#i dren a(ain eit#er--never a(ain! Never4 Never4--A#4 t#e i&y" b a&k $ater--t#e )n%at#omab e dept#s--I% on y it $ere over4 He #as (ot it no$--no$ #e is readin( it! 8oodbye" Torva d and my &#i dren4 *S#e is abo)t to r)s# o)t t#ro)(# t#e #a " $#en HELMER opens #is door #)rried y and stands $it# an open etter in #is #and!+ He mer! Nora4 Nora! A#4-He mer! 6#at is t#is2 Do yo) kno$ $#at is in t#is etter2 Nora! 3es" I kno$! Let me (o4 Let me (et o)t4 He mer *#o din( #er ba&k+! 6#ere are yo) (oin(2 Nora *tryin( to (et %ree+! 3o) s#an't save me" Torva d4 He mer *ree in(+! Tr)e2 Is t#is tr)e" t#at I read #ere2 Horrib e4 No" no--it is impossib e t#at it &an be tr)e! Nora! It is tr)e! I #ave oved yo) above everyt#in( e se in t#e $or d! He mer! O#" don't et )s #ave any si y e.&)ses!

Nora *takin( a step to$ards #im+! Torva d--4 He mer! Miserab e &reat)re--$#at #ave yo) done2 Nora! Let me (o! 3o) s#a not s)%%er %or my sake! 3o) s#a not take it )pon yo)rse %! He mer! No tra(i& airs" p ease! *Lo&ks t#e #a door!+ Here yo) s#a stay and (ive me an e.p anation! Do yo) )nderstand $#at yo) #ave done2 Ans$er me4 Do yo) )nderstand $#at yo) #ave done2 Nora * ooks steadi y at #im and says $it# a (ro$in( ook o% &o dness in #er %a&e+! 3es" no$ I am be(innin( to )nderstand t#oro)(# y! He mer *$a kin( abo)t t#e room+! 6#at a #orrib e a$akenin(4 A t#ese ei(#t years--s#e $#o $as my 1oy and pride--a #ypo&rite" a iar--$orse" $orse--a &rimina 4 T#e )n)tterab e )( iness o% it a 4--:or s#ame4 :or s#ame4 *NORA is si ent and ooks steadi y at #im! He stops in %ront o% #er!+ I o)(#t to #ave s)spe&ted t#at somet#in( o% t#e sort $o) d #appen! I o)(#t to #ave %oreseen it! A yo)r %at#er's $ant o% prin&ip e--be si ent4--a yo)r %at#er's $ant o% prin&ip e #as &ome o)t in yo)! No re i(ion" no mora ity" no sense o% d)ty--! Ho$ I am p)nis#ed %or #avin( $inked at $#at #e did4 I did it %or yo)r sake" and t#is is #o$ yo) repay me! Nora! 3es" t#at's 1)st it! He mer! No$ yo) #ave destroyed a my #appiness! 3o) #ave r)ined a my %)t)re! It is #orrib e to t#ink o%4 I am in t#e po$er o% an )ns&r)p) o)s man0 #e &an do $#at #e ikes $it# me" ask anyt#in( #e ikes o% me" (ive me any orders #e p eases--I dare not re%)se! And I m)st sink to s)&# miserab e dept#s be&a)se o% a t#o)(#t ess $oman4 Nora! 6#en I am o)t o% t#e $ay" yo) $i be %ree! He mer! No %ine spee&#es" p ease! 3o)r %at#er #ad a $ays p enty o% t#ose ready" too! 6#at (ood $o) d it be to me i% yo) $ere o)t o% t#e $ay" as yo) say2 Not t#e s i(#test! He &an make t#e a%%air kno$n every$#ere0 and i% #e does" I may be %a se y s)spe&ted o% #avin( been a party to yo)r &rimina a&tion! 9ery ike y peop e $i t#ink I $as be#ind it a --t#at it $as I $#o prompted yo)4 And I #ave to t#ank yo) %or a t#is--yo) $#om I #ave &#eris#ed d)rin( t#e $#o e o% o)r married i%e! Do yo) )nderstand no$ $#at

it is yo) #ave done %or me2 Nora *&o d y and 5)iet y+! 3es! He mer! It is so in&redib e t#at I &an't take it in! /)t $e m)st &ome to some )nderstandin(! Take o%% t#at s#a$ ! Take it o%%" I te yo)! I m)st try and appease #im some $ay or anot#er! T#e matter m)st be #)s#ed )p at any &ost! And as %or yo) and me" it m)st appear as i% everyt#in( bet$een )s $ere 1)st as be%ore--b)t nat)ra y on y in t#e eyes o% t#e $or d! 3o) $i sti remain in my #o)se" t#at is a matter o% &o)rse! /)t I s#a not a o$ yo) to brin( )p t#e &#i dren0 I dare not tr)st t#em to yo)! To t#ink t#at I s#o) d be ob i(ed to say so to one $#om I #ave oved so dear y" and $#om I sti --! No" t#at is a over! :rom t#is moment #appiness is not t#e 5)estion0 a t#at &on&erns )s is to save t#e remains" t#e %ra(ments" t#e appearan&e-*A rin( is #eard at t#e %ront-door be !+ He mer *$it# a start+! 6#at is t#at2 So ate4 ,an t#e $orst--2 ,an #e--2 Hide yo)rse %" Nora! Say yo) are i ! *NORA stands motion ess! HELMER (oes and )n o&ks t#e #a door!+ Maid *#a %-dressed" &omes to t#e door+! A etter %or t#e mistress! He mer! 8ive it to me! *Takes t#e etter" and s#)ts t#e door!+ 3es" it is %rom #im! 3o) s#a not #ave it0 I $i read it myse %! Nora! 3es" read it! He mer *standin( by t#e amp+! I s&ar&e y #ave t#e &o)ra(e to do it! It may mean r)in %or bot# o% )s! No" I m)st kno$! *Tears open t#e etter" r)ns #is eye over a %e$ ines" ooks at a paper en& osed" and (ives a s#o)t o% 1oy!+ Nora4 *S#e ooks at #im 5)estionin( y!+ Nora4--No" I m)st read it on&e a(ain--! 3es" it is tr)e4 I am saved4 Nora" I am saved4 Nora! And I2 He mer! 3o) too" o% &o)rse0 $e are bot# saved" bot# yo) and I! Look" #e sends yo) yo)r bond ba&k! He says #e re(rets and repents-t#at a #appy &#an(e in #is i%e--never mind $#at #e says4 6e are saved" Nora4 No one &an do anyt#in( to yo)! O#" Nora" Nora4--no" %irst I m)st destroy t#ese #ate%) t#in(s! Let

me see--! *Takes a ook at t#e bond!+ No" no" I $on't ook at it! T#e $#o e t#in( s#a be not#in( b)t a bad dream to me! *Tears )p t#e bond and bot# etters" t#ro$s t#em a into t#e stove" and $at&#es t#em b)rn!+ T#ere--no$ it doesn't e.ist any on(er! He says t#at sin&e ,#ristmas Eve yo)--! T#ese m)st #ave been t#ree dread%) days %or yo)" Nora! Nora! I #ave %o)(#t a #ard %i(#t t#ese t#ree days! He mer! And s)%%ered a(onies" and seen no $ay o)t b)t--! No" $e $on't &a any o% t#e #orrors to mind! 6e $i on y s#o)t $it# 1oy" and keep sayin(" ;It's a over4 It's a over4; Listen to me" Nora! 3o) don't seem to rea ise t#at it is a over! 6#at is t#is2--s)&# a &o d" set %a&e4 My poor itt e Nora" I 5)ite )nderstand0 yo) don't %ee as i% yo) &o) d be ieve t#at I #ave %or(iven yo)! /)t it is tr)e" Nora" I s$ear it0 I #ave %or(iven yo) everyt#in(! I kno$ t#at $#at yo) did" yo) did o)t o% ove %or me! Nora! T#at is tr)e! He mer! 3o) #ave oved me as a $i%e o)(#t to ove #er #)sband! On y yo) #ad not s)%%i&ient kno$ ed(e to 1)d(e o% t#e means yo) )sed! /)t do yo) s)ppose yo) are any t#e ess dear to me" be&a)se yo) don't )nderstand #o$ to a&t on yo)r o$n responsibi ity2 No" no0 on y ean on me0 I $i advise yo) and dire&t yo)! I s#o) d not be a man i% t#is $oman y #e p essness did not 1)st (ive yo) a do)b e attra&tiveness in my eyes! 3o) m)st not t#ink anymore abo)t t#e #ard t#in(s I said in my %irst moment o% &onsternation" $#en I t#o)(#t everyt#in( $as (oin( to over$#e m me! I #ave %or(iven yo)" Nora0 I s$ear to yo) I #ave %or(iven yo)! Nora! T#ank yo) %or yo)r %or(iveness! *S#e (oes o)t t#ro)(# t#e door to t#e ri(#t!+ He mer! No" don't (o--! *Looks in!+ 6#at are yo) doin( in t#ere2 Nora *%rom $it#in+! Takin( o%% my %an&y dress! He mer *standin( at t#e open door+! 3es" do! Try and &a m yo)rse %" and make yo)r mind easy a(ain" my %ri(#tened itt e sin(in(-bird! /e at rest" and %ee se&)re0 I #ave broad $in(s to s#e ter yo) )nder! *6a ks )p and do$n by t#e door!+ Ho$ $arm and &osy o)r #ome is" Nora! Here is s#e ter %or yo)0 #ere I $i prote&t yo) ike a #)nted dove t#at I #ave saved %rom a #a$k's & a$s0 I $i brin( pea&e to yo)r poor beatin( #eart! It $i &ome" itt e by itt e"

Nora" be ieve me! Tomorro$ mornin( yo) $i ook )pon it a 5)ite di%%erent y0 soon everyt#in( $i be 1)st as it $as be%ore! 9ery soon yo) $on't need me to ass)re yo) t#at I #ave %or(iven yo)0 yo) $i yo)rse % %ee t#e &ertainty t#at I #ave done so! ,an yo) s)ppose I s#o) d ever t#ink o% s)&# a t#in( as rep)diatin( yo)" or even reproa&#in( yo)2 3o) #ave no idea $#at a tr)e man's #eart is ike" Nora! T#ere is somet#in( so indes&ribab y s$eet and satis%yin(" to a man" in t#e kno$ ed(e t#at #e #as %or(iven #is $i%e--%or(iven #er %ree y" and $it# a #is #eart! It seems as i% t#at #ad made #er" as it $ere" do)b y #is o$n0 #e #as (iven #er a ne$ i%e" so to speak0 and s#e #as in a $ay be&ome bot# $i%e and &#i d to #im! So yo) s#a be %or me a%ter t#is" my itt e s&ared" #e p ess dar in(! Have no an.iety abo)t anyt#in(" Nora0 on y be %rank and open $it# me" and I $i serve as $i and &ons&ien&e bot# to yo)--! 6#at is t#is2 Not (one to bed2 Have yo) &#an(ed yo)r t#in(s2 Nora *in everyday dress+! 3es" Torva d" I #ave &#an(ed my t#in(s no$! He mer! /)t $#at %or2--so ate as t#is! Nora! I s#a not s eep toni(#t! He mer! /)t" my dear Nora-Nora * ookin( at #er $at&#+! It is not so very ate! Sit do$n #ere" Torva d! 3o) and I #ave m)&# to say to one anot#er! *S#e sits do$n at one side o% t#e tab e!+ He mer! Nora--$#at is t#is2--t#is &o d" set %a&e2 Nora! Sit do$n! It $i take some time0 I #ave a ot to ta k over $it# yo)! He mer *sits do$n at t#e opposite side o% t#e tab e+! 3o) a arm me" Nora4--and I don't )nderstand yo)! Nora! No" t#at is 1)st it! 3o) don't )nderstand me" and I #ave never )nderstood yo) eit#er--be%ore toni(#t! No" yo) m)stn't interr)pt me! 3o) m)st simp y isten to $#at I say! Torva d" t#is is a sett in( o% a&&o)nts! He mer! 6#at do yo) mean by t#at2 Nora *a%ter a s#ort si en&e+! Isn't t#ere one t#in( t#at strikes

yo) as stran(e in o)r sittin( #ere ike t#is2 He mer! 6#at is t#at2 Nora! 6e #ave been married no$ ei(#t years! Does it not o&&)r to yo) t#at t#is is t#e %irst time $e t$o" yo) and I" #)sband and $i%e" #ave #ad a serio)s &onversation2 He mer! 6#at do yo) mean by serio)s2 Nora! In a t#ese ei(#t years-- on(er t#an t#at--%rom t#e very be(innin( o% o)r a&5)aintan&e" $e #ave never e.&#an(ed a $ord on any serio)s s)b1e&t! He mer! 6as it ike y t#at I $o) d be &ontin)a y and %orever te in( yo) abo)t $orries t#at yo) &o) d not #e p me to bear2 Nora! I am not speakin( abo)t b)siness matters! I say t#at $e #ave never sat do$n in earnest to(et#er to try and (et at t#e bottom o% anyt#in(! He mer! /)t" dearest Nora" $o) d it #ave been any (ood to yo)2 Nora! T#at is 1)st it0 yo) #ave never )nderstood me! I #ave been (reat y $ron(ed" Torva d--%irst by papa and t#en by yo)! He mer! 6#at4 /y )s t$o--by )s t$o" $#o #ave oved yo) better t#an anyone e se in t#e $or d2 Nora *s#akin( #er #ead+! 3o) #ave never oved me! 3o) #ave on y t#o)(#t it p easant to be in ove $it# me! He mer! Nora" $#at do I #ear yo) sayin(2 Nora! It is per%e&t y tr)e" Torva d! 6#en I $as at #ome $it# papa" #e to d me #is opinion abo)t everyt#in(" and so I #ad t#e same opinions0 and i% I di%%ered %rom #im I &on&ea ed t#e %a&t" be&a)se #e $o) d not #ave iked it! He &a ed me #is do -&#i d" and #e p ayed $it# me 1)st as I )sed to p ay $it# my do s! And $#en I &ame to ive $it# yo)-He mer! 6#at sort o% an e.pression is t#at to )se abo)t o)r marria(e2 Nora *)ndist)rbed+! I mean t#at I $as simp y trans%erred %rom

papa's #ands into yo)rs! 3o) arran(ed everyt#in( a&&ordin( to yo)r o$n taste" and so I (ot t#e same tastes as yo)r e se I pretended to" I am rea y not 5)ite s)re $#i&#--I t#ink sometimes t#e one and sometimes t#e ot#er! 6#en I ook ba&k on it" it seems to me as i% I #ad been ivin( #ere ike a poor $oman--1)st %rom #and to mo)t#! I #ave e.isted mere y to per%orm tri&ks %or yo)" Torva d! /)t yo) $o) d #ave it so! 3o) and papa #ave &ommitted a (reat sin a(ainst me! It is yo)r %a) t t#at I #ave made not#in( o% my i%e! He mer! Ho$ )nreasonab e and #o$ )n(rate%) yo) are" Nora4 Have yo) not been #appy #ere2 Nora! No" I #ave never been #appy! I t#o)(#t I $as" b)t it #as never rea y been so! He mer! Not--not #appy4 Nora! No" on y merry! And yo) #ave a $ays been so kind to me! /)t o)r #ome #as been not#in( b)t a p ayroom! I #ave been yo)r do -$i%e" 1)st as at #ome I $as papa's do -&#i d0 and #ere t#e &#i dren #ave been my do s! I t#o)(#t it (reat %)n $#en yo) p ayed $it# me" 1)st as t#ey t#o)(#t it (reat %)n $#en I p ayed $it# t#em! T#at is $#at o)r marria(e #as been" Torva d! He mer! T#ere is some tr)t# in $#at yo) say--e.a((erated and strained as yo)r vie$ o% it is! /)t %or t#e %)t)re it s#a be di%%erent! P aytime s#a be over" and esson-time s#a be(in! Nora! 6#ose essons2 Mine" or t#e &#i dren's2 He mer! /ot# yo)rs and t#e &#i dren's" my dar in( Nora! Nora! A as" Torva d" yo) are not t#e man to ed)&ate me into bein( a proper $i%e %or yo)! He mer! And yo) &an say t#at4 Nora! And I--#o$ am I %itted to brin( )p t#e &#i dren2 He mer! Nora4 Nora! Didn't yo) say so yo)rse % a itt e $#i e a(o--t#at yo) dare not tr)st me to brin( t#em )p2

He mer! In a moment o% an(er4 6#y do yo) pay any #eed to t#at2 Nora! Indeed" yo) $ere per%e&t y ri(#t! I am not %it %or t#e task! T#ere is anot#er task I m)st )ndertake %irst! I m)st try and ed)&ate myse %--yo) are not t#e man to #e p me in t#at! I m)st do t#at %or myse %! And t#at is $#y I am (oin( to eave yo) no$! He mer *sprin(in( )p+! 6#at do yo) say2 Nora! I m)st stand 5)ite a one" i% I am to )nderstand myse % and everyt#in( abo)t me! It is %or t#at reason t#at I &annot remain $it# yo) any on(er! He mer! Nora" Nora4 Nora! I am (oin( a$ay %rom #ere no$" at on&e! I am s)re ,#ristine $i take me in %or t#e ni(#t-He mer! 3o) are o)t o% yo)r mind4 I $on't a o$ it4 I %orbid yo)4 Nora! It is no )se %orbiddin( me anyt#in( any on(er! I $i take $it# me $#at be on(s to myse %! I $i take not#in( %rom yo)" eit#er no$ or ater! He mer! 6#at sort o% madness is t#is4 Nora! Tomorro$ I s#a (o #ome--I mean" to my o d #ome! It $i be easiest %or me to %ind somet#in( to do t#ere! He mer! 3o) b ind" %oo is# $oman4 Nora! I m)st try and (et some sense" Torva d! He mer! To desert yo)r #ome" yo)r #)sband and yo)r &#i dren4 And yo) don't &onsider $#at peop e $i say4 Nora! I &annot &onsider t#at at a ! I on y kno$ t#at it is ne&essary %or me! He mer! It's s#o&kin(! T#is is #o$ yo) $o) d ne( e&t yo)r most sa&red d)ties! Nora! 6#at do yo) &onsider my most sa&red d)ties2

He mer! Do I need to te yo) t#at2 Are t#ey not yo)r d)ties to yo)r #)sband and yo)r &#i dren2 Nora! I #ave ot#er d)ties 1)st as sa&red! He mer! T#at yo) #ave not! 6#at d)ties &o) d t#ose be2 Nora! D)ties to myse %! He mer! /e%ore a e se" yo) are a $i%e and a mot#er! Nora! I don't be ieve t#at any on(er! I be ieve t#at be%ore a e se I am a reasonab e #)man bein(" 1)st as yo) are--or" at a events" t#at I m)st try and be&ome one! I kno$ 5)ite $e " Torva d" t#at most peop e $o) d t#ink yo) ri(#t" and t#at vie$s o% t#at kind are to be %o)nd in books0 b)t I &an no on(er &ontent myse % $it# $#at most peop e say" or $it# $#at is %o)nd in books! I m)st t#ink over t#in(s %or myse % and (et to )nderstand t#em! He mer! ,an yo) not )nderstand yo)r p a&e in yo)r o$n #ome2 Have yo) not a re iab e ()ide in s)&# matters as t#at2--#ave yo) no re i(ion2 Nora! I am a%raid" Torva d" I do not e.a&t y kno$ $#at re i(ion is! He mer! 6#at are yo) sayin(2 Nora! I kno$ not#in( b)t $#at t#e & er(yman said" $#en I $ent to be &on%irmed! He to d )s t#at re i(ion $as t#is" and t#at" and t#e ot#er! 6#en I am a$ay %rom a t#is" and am a one" I $i ook into t#at matter too! I $i see i% $#at t#e & er(yman said is tr)e" or at a events i% it is tr)e %or me! He mer! T#is is )n#eard o% in a (ir o% yo)r a(e4 /)t i% re i(ion &annot ead yo) ari(#t" et me try and a$aken yo)r &ons&ien&e! I s)ppose yo) #ave some mora sense2 Or--ans$er me--am I to t#ink yo) #ave none2 Nora! I ass)re yo)" Torva d" t#at is not an easy 5)estion to ans$er! I rea y don't kno$! T#e t#in( perp e.es me a to(et#er! I on y kno$ t#at yo) and I ook at it in 5)ite a di%%erent i(#t! I am earnin(" too" t#at t#e a$ is 5)ite anot#er t#in( %rom $#at I s)pposed0 b)t I %ind it impossib e to &onvin&e myse % t#at t#e a$ is ri(#t! A&&ordin( to it a $oman #as no ri(#t

to spare #er o d dyin( %at#er" or to save #er #)sband's i%e! I &an't be ieve t#at! He mer! 3o) ta k ike a &#i d! 3o) don't )nderstand t#e &onditions o% t#e $or d in $#i&# yo) ive! Nora! No" I don't! /)t no$ I am (oin( to try! I am (oin( to see i% I &an make o)t $#o is ri(#t" t#e $or d or I! He mer! 3o) are i " Nora0 yo) are de irio)s0 I a most t#ink yo) are o)t o% yo)r mind! Nora! I #ave never %e t my mind so & ear and &ertain as toni(#t! He mer! And is it $it# a & ear and &ertain mind t#at yo) %orsake yo)r #)sband and yo)r &#i dren2 Nora! 3es" it is! He mer! T#en t#ere is on y one possib e e.p anation! Nora! 6#at is t#at2 He mer! 3o) do not ove me anymore! Nora! No" t#at is 1)st it! He mer! Nora4--and yo) &an say t#at2 Nora! It (ives me (reat pain" Torva d" %or yo) #ave a $ays been so kind to me" b)t I &annot #e p it! I do not ove yo) any more! He mer *re(ainin( #is &ompos)re+! Is t#at a & ear and &ertain &onvi&tion too2 Nora! 3es" abso )te y & ear and &ertain! T#at is t#e reason $#y I $i not stay #ere any on(er! He mer! And &an yo) te me $#at I #ave done to %or%eit yo)r ove2 Nora! 3es" indeed I &an! It $as toni(#t" $#en t#e $onder%) t#in( did not #appen0 t#en I sa$ yo) $ere not t#e man I #ad t#o)(#t yo) $ere! He mer! E.p ain yo)rse % better! I don't )nderstand yo)!

Nora! I #ave $aited so patient y %or ei(#t years0 %or" (oodness kno$s" I kne$ very $e t#at $onder%) t#in(s don't #appen every day! T#en t#is #orrib e mis%ort)ne &ame )pon me0 and t#en I %e t 5)ite &ertain t#at t#e $onder%) t#in( $as (oin( to #appen at ast! 6#en 'ro(stad's etter $as yin( o)t t#ere" never %or a moment did I ima(ine t#at yo) $o) d &onsent to a&&ept t#is man's &onditions! I $as so abso )te y &ertain t#at yo) $o) d say to #im> P)b is# t#e t#in( to t#e $#o e $or d! And $#en t#at $as done-He mer! 3es" $#at t#en2--$#en I #ad e.posed my $i%e to s#ame and dis(ra&e2 Nora! 6#en t#at $as done" I $as so abso )te y &ertain" yo) $o) d &ome %or$ard and take everyt#in( )pon yo)rse %" and say> I am t#e ()i ty one! He mer! Nora--4 Nora! 3o) mean t#at I $o) d never #ave a&&epted s)&# a sa&ri%i&e on yo)r part2 No" o% &o)rse not! /)t $#at $o) d my ass)ran&es #ave been $ort# a(ainst yo)rs2 T#at $as t#e $onder%) t#in( $#i&# I #oped %or and %eared0 and it $as to prevent t#at" t#at I $anted to ki myse %! He mer! I $o) d ( ad y $ork ni(#t and day %or yo)" Nora--bear sorro$ and $ant %or yo)r sake! /)t no man $o) d sa&ri%i&e #is #ono)r %or t#e one #e oves! Nora! It is a t#in( #)ndreds o% t#o)sands o% $omen #ave done! He mer! O#" yo) t#ink and ta k ike a #eed ess &#i d! Nora! Maybe! /)t yo) neit#er t#ink nor ta k ike t#e man I &o) d bind myse % to! As soon as yo)r %ear $as over--and it $as not %ear %or $#at t#reatened me" b)t %or $#at mi(#t #appen to yo)--$#en t#e $#o e t#in( $as past" as %ar as yo) $ere &on&erned it $as e.a&t y as i% not#in( at a #ad #appened! E.a&t y as be%ore" I $as yo)r itt e sky ark" yo)r do " $#i&# yo) $o) d in %)t)re treat $it# do)b y (ent e &are" be&a)se it $as so britt e and %ra(i e! *8ettin( )p!+ Torva d--it $as t#en it da$ned )pon me t#at %or ei(#t years I #ad been ivin( #ere $it# a stran(e man" and #ad borne #im t#ree &#i dren--! O#" I &an't bear to t#ink o% it4 I &o) d tear myse % into itt e bits4

He mer *sad y+! I see" I see! An abyss #as opened bet$een )s--t#ere is no denyin( it! /)t" Nora" $o) d it not be possib e to %i it )p2 Nora! As I am no$" I am no $i%e %or yo)! He mer! I #ave it in me to be&ome a di%%erent man! Nora! Per#aps--i% yo)r do is taken a$ay %rom yo)! He mer! /)t to part4--to part %rom yo)4 No" no" Nora" I &an't )nderstand t#at idea! Nora *(oin( o)t to t#e ri(#t+! T#at makes it a t#e more &ertain t#at it m)st be done! *S#e &omes ba&k $it# #er & oak and #at and a sma ba( $#i&# s#e p)ts on a &#air by t#e tab e!+ He mer! Nora" Nora" not no$4 6ait )nti tomorro$! Nora *p)ttin( on #er & oak+! I &annot spend t#e ni(#t in a stran(e man's room! He mer! /)t &an't $e ive #ere ike brot#er and sister--2 Nora *p)ttin( on #er #at+! 3o) kno$ very $e t#at $o) d not ast on(! *P)ts t#e s#a$ ro)nd #er!+ 8oodbye" Torva d! I $on't see t#e itt e ones! I kno$ t#ey are in better #ands t#an mine! As I am no$" I &an be o% no )se to t#em! He mer! /)t some day" Nora--some day2 Nora! Ho$ &an I te 2 I #ave no idea $#at is (oin( to be&ome o% me! He mer! /)t yo) are my $i%e" $#atever be&omes o% yo)! Nora! Listen" Torva d! I #ave #eard t#at $#en a $i%e deserts #er #)sband's #o)se" as I am doin( no$" #e is e(a y %reed %rom a ob i(ations to$ards #er! In any &ase" I set yo) %ree %rom a yo)r ob i(ations! 3o) are not to %ee yo)rse % bo)nd in t#e s i(#test $ay" any more t#an I s#a ! T#ere m)st be per%e&t %reedom on bot# sides! See" #ere is yo)r rin( ba&k! 8ive me mine! He mer! T#at too2 Nora! T#at too!

He mer! Here it is! Nora! T#at's ri(#t! No$ it is a over! I #ave p)t t#e keys #ere! T#e maids kno$ a abo)t everyt#in( in t#e #o)se--better t#an I do! Tomorro$" a%ter I #ave e%t #er" ,#ristine $i &ome #ere and pa&k )p my o$n t#in(s t#at I bro)(#t $it# me %rom #ome! I $i #ave t#em sent a%ter me! He mer! A over4 A over4--Nora" s#a yo) never t#ink o% me a(ain2 Nora! I kno$ I s#a o%ten t#ink o% yo)" t#e &#i dren" and t#is #o)se! He mer! May I $rite to yo)" Nora2 Nora! No--never! 3o) m)st not do t#at! He mer! /)t at east et me send yo)-Nora! Not#in(--not#in(-He mer! Let me #e p yo) i% yo) are in $ant! Nora! No! I &an re&eive not#in( %rom a stran(er! He mer! Nora--&an I never be anyt#in( more t#an a stran(er to yo)2 Nora *takin( #er ba(+! A#" Torva d" t#e most $onder%) t#in( o% a $o) d #ave to #appen! He mer! Te me $#at t#at $o) d be4 Nora! /ot# yo) and I $o) d #ave to be so &#an(ed t#at--! O#" Torva d" I don't be ieve any on(er in $onder%) t#in(s #appenin(! He mer! /)t I $i be ieve in it! Te me4 So &#an(ed t#at--2 Nora! T#at o)r i%e to(et#er $o) d be a rea $ed o&k! 8oodbye! *S#e (oes o)t t#ro)(# t#e #a !+ He mer *sinks do$n on a &#air at t#e door and b)ries #is %a&e in #is #ands+! Nora4 Nora4 *Looks ro)nd" and rises!+ Empty! S#e is (one! *A #ope % as#es a&ross #is mind!+ T#e most $onder%) t#in( o% a --2 *T#e so)nd o% a door s#)ttin( is #eard %rom be o$!+

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