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Linde. Nils Krogstad. Helmer's three yo n! children. "nne, their n rse. " Ho semaid. " #orter. $The action takes %lace in Helmer's ho se.& Act I (SCENE.--A room furnished comfortably and tastefully, but not extravagantly. At the back, a door to the right leads to the entrance-hall, another to the left leads to elmer!s study. "et#een the doors stands a $iano. %n the middle of the left-hand #all is a door, and beyond it a #indo#. Near the #indo# are a round table, arm-chairs and a small sofa. %n the right-hand #all, at the farther end, another door& and on the same side, nearer the footlights, a stove, t#o easy chairs and a rocking-chair& bet#een the stove and the door, a small table. Engravings on the #alls& a cabinet #ith china and other small ob'ects& a small book-case #ith #ell-bound books. (he floors are car$eted, and a fire burns in the stove. %t is #inter. A bell rings in the hall& shortly after#ards the door is heard to o$en. Enter N)*A, humming a tune and in high s$irits. She is in outdoor dress and carries a number of $arcels& these she lays on the table to the right. She leaves the outer door o$en after her, and through it is seen a +)*(E* #ho is carrying a Christmas (ree and a basket, #hich he gives to the ,A%- #ho has o$ened the door.. N'R". Hide the (hristmas Tree caref lly, Helen. )e s re the children do not see it ntil this evenin!, when it is dressed. ((o the +)*(E*, taking out her $urse.. How m ch* #'RT+R. ,i-%ence.
N'R". There is a shillin!. No, kee% the chan!e. $The #'RT+R thanks her, and !oes o t. N)*A shuts the door. She is laughing to herself, as she takes off her hat and coat. She takes a $acket of macaroons from her $ocket and eats one or t#o& then goes cautiously to her husband!s door and listens.. /es, he is in. (Still humming, she goes to the table on the right.. H+LM+R. $calls o t from his room&. Is that my little lark twitterin! o t there* N'R". $b sy o%enin! some of the %arcels&. .es, it is/ H+LM+R. Is it my little s0 irrel b stlin! abo t* N'R". .es/ H+LM+R. 1hen did my s0 irrel come home* N'R". 2 st now. $+uts the bag of macaroons into her $ocket and #i$es her mouth.. (ome in here, Torvald, and see what I have bo !ht. H+LM+R. Don't dist rb me. (A little later, he o$ens the door and looks into the room, $en in hand.. )o !ht, did yo say* "ll these thin!s* Has my little s%endthrift been wastin! money a!ain* N'R". .es b t, Torvald, this year we really can let o rselves !o a little. This is the first (hristmas that we have not needed to economise. H+LM+R. ,till, yo know, we can't s%end money recklessly. Nora. .es, Torvald, we may be a wee bit more reckless now, mayn't we* 2 st a tiny wee bit/ .o are !oin! to have a bi! salary and earn lots and lots of money. H+LM+R. .es, after the New .ear3 b t then it will be a whole 0 arter before the salary is d e.
N'R". #ooh/ we can borrow ntil then. H+LM+R. Nora/ $0oes u$ to her and takes her $layfully by the ear.. The same little featherhead/ , %%ose, now, that I borrowed fifty %o nds today, and yo s%ent it all in the (hristmas week, and then on New .ear's +ve a slate fell on my head and killed me, and4 Nora $$utting her hands over his mouth.. 'h/ don't say s ch horrid thin!s. H+LM+R. ,till, s %%ose that ha%%ened,55what then* N'R". If that were to ha%%en, I don't s %%ose I sho ld care whether I owed money or not. H+LM+R. .es, b t what abo t the %eo%le who had lent it* N'R". They* 1ho wo ld bother abo t them* I sho ld not know who they were. H+LM+R. That is like a woman/ ) t serio sly, Nora, yo know what I think abo t that. No debt, no borrowin!. There can be no freedom or bea ty abo t a home life that de%ends on borrowin! and debt. 1e two have ke%t bravely on the strai!ht road so far, and we will !o on the same way for the short time lon!er that there need be any str !!le. N'R". $movin! towards the stove&. "s yo %lease, Torvald. H+LM+R. $followin! her&. (ome, come, my little skylark m st not droo% her win!s. 1hat is this/ Is my little s0 irrel o t of tem%er* ((aking out his $urse.. Nora, what do yo think I have !ot here* N'R". $turning round 1uickly.. Money/ H+LM+R. There yo are. (0ives her some money.. Do yo think I don't know what a lot is wanted for ho sekee%in! at (hristmas5 time*
I am s re I don't want anythin!. Ten shillin!s55a %o nd55two %o nds/ Thank yo . b t yo m st. No. no/ yo m stn't see that ntil this evenin!. 1ell* N'R" $$laying #ith his coat buttons. o t with it/ N'R". ) t come here and let me show yo what I have bo !ht. and a sword3 and a horse and a tr m%et for )ob3 and a doll and dolly's bedstead for +mmy. If yo really want to !ive me somethin!. Torvald. 6ery well. . "nd all so chea%/ Look. . . b t anyway she will soon break them in %ieces. No. 'nly 8 st as m ch as yo can afford3 and then one of these days I will b y somethin! with it. ) t now tell me. Tell me somethin! reasonable that yo wo ld %artic larly like to have. thank yo . N'R". it will. yo e-trava!ant little %erson. I really can't think of anythin!55 nless. Indeed it m st. $counting. H+LM+R. here is a new s it for Ivar. 1ell.55they are very %lain. Torvald55 H+LM+R. Torvald3 that will kee% me !oin! for a lon! time. (s$eaking 1uickly&.es. "nd what is in this %arcel* N'R". (crying out&. H+LM+R. H+LM+R. yes.es. . what wo ld yo like for yo rself* N'R". 7or myself* 'h. and #ithout raising her eyes to his&.N'R". N'R". yo mi!ht55yo mi!ht55 H+LM+R. "nd here are dress5len!ths and handkerchiefs for the maids3 old "nne o !ht really to have somethin! better. H+LM+R.o mi!ht !ive me money..
.H+LM+R. H+LM+R. It is in the blood3 for indeed it is tr e that yo can inherit these thin!s. . my dear little Nora.%endthrifts55I know. 6ery like yo r father. ) t if yo s%end it all on the ho sekee%in! and any n mber of nnecessary thin!s. it seems to melt in yo r hands. $+uts his arm round her #aist. if yo were really to save o t of the money I !ive yo . 'ne wo ld hardly believe how e-%ensive s ch little %ersons are/ N'R". $smiling 1uietly and ha$$ily&. . . Nora. Let s do as yo s !!est. b t she ses % a deal of money. ) t yo can't save anythin!/ N'R".o never know where it has !one. do/ dear Torvald3 %lease.o haven't any idea how many e-%enses we skylarks and s0 irrels have. .. It's a shame to say that. N'R". H+LM+R. and. N'R". . $smilin!&. ) t. then I merely have to %ay % a!ain. Indeed it is55that is to say.55all yo can.o always find some new way of wheedlin! money o t of me. That's very tr e. isn't it* H+LM+R. one m st take yo as yo are. I do really save all I can. as soon as yo have !ot it. Torvald. Torvald. 1o ldn't that be f n* H+LM+R. $laughing. 'h. %lease do/ Then I will wra% it % in bea tif l !ilt %a%er and han! it on the (hristmas Tree. 'h b t. Torvald55 H+LM+R.& It's a sweet little s%endthrift. 1hat are little %eo%le called that are always wastin! money* N'R".till.o can't deny it. That is a very sensible %lan. and then really b y somethin! for yo rself. . and then I shall have time to think what I am most in want of. Nora55 N'R".o are an odd little so l. .
N'R". $going to the table on the right&. Not been nibblin! sweets* N'R". No. No. my sweet little skylark. Hasn't Miss . Hasn't she %aid a visit to the confectioner's* N'R". . do yo know. There. H+LM+R.weet Tooth been breakin! r les in town today* N'R". Torvald55 H+LM+R. I ass re yo . No. . Do I* H+LM+R. Not even taken a bite at a macaroon or two* N'R". $looks at him&. $#agging his finger at her&. there."h. "nd I wo ld not wish yo to be anythin! b t 8 st what yo are. of co rse I was only 8okin!. Look strai!ht at me. 1ell* H+LM+R. certainly not. No3 what makes yo think that* H+LM+R. I wish I had inherited many of %a%a's 0 alities. I ass re yo really55 H+LM+R. I sho ld not think of !oin! a!ainst yo r wishes. N'R".o do. Torvald. really. it strikes me that yo are lookin! rather55what shall I say55rather neasy today* N'R". H+LM+R. H+LM+R. ) t.
It was the d llest three weeks I ever s%ent/ N'R". yo !ave me yo r word55 $ 0oing u$ to her. ) t it is a !ood thin! that o r hard times are over. . No. Nora. I am s re of that3 besides. no do bt. I will ask him when he comes in this mornin!. 'f co rse yo co ldn't.o had the best of intentions to %lease s all. my darlin!. N'R". It's wonderf l/ H+LM+R. makin! ornaments for the (hristmas Tree. . How co ld I hel% the cat's !oin! in and tearin! everythin! to %ieces* H+LM+R. yo sho ldn't tease me abo t that a!ain. It is s%lendid to feel that one has a %erfectly safe a%%ointment. ) t there was %recio s little res lt. yo can't think how I am lookin! forward to this evenin!. N'R". Torvald/ H+LM+R. N'R". Nora. I didn't find it d ll. I have ordered some !ood wine.No. H+LM+R. and a bi! eno !h income. . isn't it* N'R". It's deli!htf l to think of. Did yo remember to invite Doctor Rank* H+LM+R. %oor little !irl. N'R". They will all be revealed toni!ht when the (hristmas Tree is lit.o am I/ "nd how the children will en8oy themselves. and that's the main thin!. However. $smiling&. ) t there is no need3 as a matter of co rse he will come to dinner with s. Do yo remember last (hristmas* 7or a f ll three weeks beforehand yo sh t yo rself % every evenin! ntil lon! after midni!ht.& 9ee% yo r little (hristmas secrets to yo rself. 'h. and all the other fine thin!s that were to be a s r%rise to s.
$H+LM+R !oes into his room. ..& There's the bell. I seem to55$. N'R". .55a stran!er. " lady to see yo . I needn't any lon!er. H+LM+R. H+LM+R. Nora* N'R". N'R". I s %%ose. $to H+LM+R&. who is in travellin! dress. sir. If it is a caller. Did he !o strai!ht into my room* M"ID. . This time I needn't sit here and be d ll all alone. LIND+. ma'am.o don't reco!nise me.& Mrs. to be s re. Torvald. The doctor came at the same time. $cla$$ing her hands&.& There's some one at the door. "s soon as (hristmas is over55$A bell rings in the hall. How do yo do55Mrs.es. . $do btf lly&. How do yo do. 1hat a n isance/ H+LM+R. "sk her to come in.es.es/ (hristine/ Is it really yo * MR. No.. it is I. sir. and sh ts the door. The M"ID shers in Mrs. need I/ It's wonderf lly lovely to hear yo say so/ $ (aking his arm. ddenly. M"ID.& Now I will tell yo how I have been thinkin! we o !ht to arran!e thin!s. I don't know55yes. Torvald. and yo needn't r in yo r dear eyes and yo r %retty little hands55 N'R". it is really wonderf l. Linde. Linde $in a de8ected and timid voice&. $in the door#ay. LIND+. M"ID. $She tidies the room a little.. No.& . N'R".es. remember I am not at home.
.es. Is it so lon! since we met* I s %%ose it is. ten lon! years55 N'R". The last ei!ht years have been a ha%%y time for me. $!ently&. $ el$s her.& Now yo look like yo r old self a!ain3 it was only the first moment55. LIND+. Nora. . I knew3 I saw it in the %a%ers. and %erha%s a little thinner. . MR. "nd so now yo have come into the town. N'R". I arrived by steamer this mornin!. very little3 certainly not m ch. "nd m ch. N'R". In nine. m ch older. yo are a widow.& How yo have altered. . LIND+. LIND+. LIND+. dear (hristine.. No. $. I meant ever so often to write to yo at the time. and be cosy.es.. #oor (hristine. and have taken this lon! 8o rney in winter55that was %l cky of yo .. 1hat do yo mean.to%s s ddenly and s%eaks serio sly. chatterin! away like this. do for!ive me.& 1hat a tho !htless creat re I am.o are a little %aler.o are not cold. Nora* N'R". (hristine/ MR.& Now we will sit down by the stove. $(akes her hands.es3 it is three years a!o now. LIND+. .(hristine/ To think of my not reco!nisin! yo / "nd yet how co ld I55$In a !entle voice. I ass re yo . b t I always % t it off and somethin! always %revented me. MR. I ho%e. I have indeed. (hristine. MR.. To have some f n at (hristmas5time. I can tell yo . My %oor. . of co rse. N'R". MR. (hristine. MR.. #erha%s a little older3 very. How deli!htf l/ 1e will have s ch f n to!ether/ ) t take off yo r thin!s. LIND+. take this armchair3 I will sit here in the rockin!5chair.
"nd he left yo nothin!* MR. ) t... (hristine. ) t now yo m st tell me all abo t it. LIND+. LIND+. N'R". . .o yo are 0 ite alone. 2 st fancy. #oor thin!. what is it* N'R". .o can't see them 8 st now. (hristine. Nora. Not even any sorrow or !rief to live %on. for they are o t with their n rse. No. N'R". How dreadf lly sad that m st be. how yo m st have s ffered. MR. No. no3 I want to hear abo t yo .I 0 ite nderstand. LIND+ $smiles sadly and strokes her hair&. No. N'R".. LIND+. Do yo know we have 8 st had a !reat %iece of !ood l ck* MR. LIND+. dear. N'R". It was very bad of me.. $looking incredulously at her&. N'R". I m stn't be selfish today3 today I m st only think of yo r affairs. my h sband has been made mana!er of the )ank/ MR. It sometimes ha%%ens. N'R". then. No. No.. LIND+. MR.. yo m st be!in. is that %ossible* MR. Nothin! at all. "nd no children* MR. ) t there is one thin! I m st tell yo . LIND+. I have three lovely children..o r h sband* 1hat !ood l ck/ .
. and he had to try and earn more than before. .o too* N'R".es. ) t d rin! the first year he over5worked himself dreadf lly. . 7or the f t re we can live 0 ite differently55we can do 8 st as we like.o see. MR. ... and I 0 ite a!ree with him. It was no easy matter to !et away. $Dro%%in! her voice. that is what Torvald says now. .& "nd other thin!s as well. (hristine/ It will be s%lendid to have hea%s of money and not need to have any an-iety. . .es. crotchet5work.es. N'R". MR.N'R". . . b t hea%s and hea%s of money. Nora. MR. not only what one needs. and that kind of thin!. I feel so relieved and so ha%%y. N'R".o s%ent a whole year in Italy. needlework. es%ecially if he won't ndertake nsavo ry cases3 and nat rally Torvald has never been willin! to do that. LIND+. 1e have not been in a %osition for me to waste money.& ) t :Nora. won't it* MR. and he worked early and late3 b t he co ldn't stand it. and then he will have a bi! salary and lots of commissions. tremendo s/ " barrister's %rofession is s ch an ncertain thin!. $la !hin!&. and the doctors said it was necessary for him to !o so th. I can tell yo . anyhow I think it wo ld be deli!htf l to have what one needs.o know Torvald left his office when we were married* There was no %ros%ect of %romotion there. Nora: is not so silly as yo think.o may ima!ine how %leased we are/ He is to take % his work in the )ank at the New . .es3 odds and ends. LIND+. and it saved Torvald's life. No. (hristine.es. didn't yo * N'R". $2ags her finger at her.. he had to make money every way he co ld. and fell dreadf lly ill. LIND+ $smilin!&. ) t it cost a tremendo s lot of money. It was a wonderf lly bea tif l 8o rney.. 1e have both had to work. . embroidery. Nora. It was 8 st after Ivar was born3 b t nat rally we had to !o.ear. haven't yo learned sense yet* In o r schooldays yo were a !reat s%endthrift. LIND+.
No. wasn't it* N'R". and the doctors insisted on o r !oin!. That's a lot. ) t55the doctor* N'R".es. was the doctor* N'R". My dear. b t he doesn't come here %rofessionally.. 8 st think of it. 1hat doctor* MR.. LIND+. "nd then yo went off to Italy* N'R". MR. kind father55I never saw him a!ain. I know how fond yo were of him.es3 yo see we had money then. LIND+. isn't it* MR. "nd yo r h sband came back 0 ite well* N'R". LIND+. MR.. so we started a month later. LIND+. . that was Doctor Rank.es3 and. LIND+. It was 8 st abo t that time that he died.. It cost abo t two h ndred and fifty %o nds. Torvald has not had an ho r's illness since then. and o r . "s so nd as a bell/ MR. N'R". LIND+. . . That was the saddest time I have known since o r marria!e.. .. I was e-%ectin! little Ivar's birth every day and I had my %oor sick Torvald to look after. I see.o I sho ld think. 'h. MR. N'R". I o !ht to tell yo that we had it from %a%a. LIND+. He is o r !reatest friend.. and comes in at least once everyday.MR. I co ldn't !o and n rse him. (hristine. and in emer!encies like that it is l cky to have the money. .es. I tho !ht yo r maid said the !entleman who arrived here 8 st as I did.
LIND+ $walkin! to the window&. I believe he was 0 ite well off. N'R". Tell me. and was bedridden and hel%less. 1hat a relief yo m st feel if55 MR. If only I co ld have the !ood l ck to !et some re! lar work55office work of some kind55 N'R".o had far better !o away to some waterin!5%lace.. with no rest. Now it is at an end.& (hristine/ (hristine/ it's !ood to be alive and ha%%y/55) t how horrid of me3 I am talkin! of nothin! b t my own affairs. 1ell.children are stron! and healthy and so am I. I had to t rn my hand to anythin! I co ld find5 5first a small sho%. "nd then*55 MR.. for she is !one3 and the boys do not need me either3 they have !ot sit ations and can shift for themselves. ) t his b siness was a %recario s one3 and. N'R". Nora. $2 m%s % and cla%s her hands. then a small school. then* MR. The last three years have seemed like one lon! workin!5day. LIND+. I ho%e it may be easier here to find somethin! which will b sy me and occ %y my tho !hts. . My mother was alive then.. MR.ets % restlessly. is it really tr e that yo did not love yo r h sband* 1hy did yo marry him* MR. No.& That was why I co ld not stand the life in my little backwater any lon!er. LIND+. it all went to %ieces and there was nothin! left. . and I had to %rovide for my two yo n!er brothers3 so I did not think I was 8 stified in ref sin! his offer. and so on. indeed3 I only feel my life ns%eakably em%ty. ) t. (hristine. $. that is so fri!htf lly tirin!.o m stn't be an!ry with me.. No one to live for anymore. I have no father to !ive me money for a 8o rney. when he died.& . Nora. $. LIND+.. No. He was rich at that time. N'R". %erha%s yo were 0 ite ri!ht. and yo look tired o t now. My %oor mother needs me no more.its on a stool near her. LIND+. and rests her arms on her knees.
They all think that I am inca%able of anythin! really serio s55 MR.. LIND+. . N'R". He m st.o are 8 st like the others. N'R". N'R".o mean that %erha%s Torvald co ld !et yo somethin! to do. LIND+ $smilin!&. No one to work for. LIND+. 'h.o are a child. . My dear/ . LIND+ $!oin! % to her&.. LIND+. 2 st leave it to me3 I will broach the s b8ect very cleverly55I will think of somethin! that will %lease him very m ch.N'R". Nora. dear. N'R".o o !ht not to be so s %erior.es.. The worst of a %osition like mine is that it makes one so bitter. MR. How kind yo are. (ome. and so one becomes selfish.. . don't be an!ry with me/ MR.. to be so an-io s to hel% me/ It is do bly kind in yo . for yo know so little of the b rdens and tro bles of life. . I55* I know so little of them* MR. (hristine.mall ho sehold cares and that sort of thin!/55. How do yo mean*55'h. It is yo that m st not be an!ry with me. come55 N'R". MR. Nora. . 1hen yo told me of the ha%%y t rn yo r fort nes have taken55 yo will hardly believe it55I was deli!hted not so m ch on yo r acco nt as on my own. LIND+. It will make me so ha%%y to be of some se to yo . I nderstand. and yet obli!ed to be always on the looko t for chances. 'ne m st live. No* N'R". $risin!&. that was what I was thinkin! of.. MR. $tosses her head and crosses the sta!e&.
%%ose Torvald were to hear/ He m stn't on any acco nt55no one in the world m st know. ) t it is tr e that I am both %ro d and !lad to think that I was %rivile!ed to make the end of my mother's life almost free from care. . N'R". (hristine55b t yo o !ht not to. . The im%ortant thin!* 1hat do yo mean* N'R". of havin! worked so hard and so lon! for yo r mother* MR. listen to this3 I too have somethin! to be %ro d and !lad of.. N'R".& Now I will show yo that I too have somethin! to be %ro d and !lad of. $# lls her down on the sofa beside her. I think so... MR. I think I have the ri!ht to be. . my dear Nora.%eak low. ) t what do yo refer to* N'R". "nd yo are %ro d to think of what yo have done for yo r brothers* MR. I have no do bt yo have. LIND+.& I have not told yo the im%ortant thin!. :. e-ce%t yo .. ) t now. (ome here. LIND+.. too. MR. . ) t. #ooh/55those were trifles. LIND+. LIND+. aren't yo . It was I who saved Torvald's life.55that I have !one thro !h nothin! in this world of cares. MR..o are %ro d. (hristine. $Lowerin! her voice. LIND+. ) t what is it* NORA. Indeed.o look down %on me alto!ether. LIND+.. . yo have 8 st told me all yo r tro bles. I don't look down on anyone. LIND+.aved:* How* N'R". MR. MR. N'R".
$tossin! her head&. LIND+. LIND+. . if it is a wife who has any head for b siness55a wife who has the wit to be a little bit clever55 MR. LIND+.o * "ll that lar!e s m* N'R". N'R".. No. LIND+.. ) t. . #a%a didn't !ive s a shillin!. Nora.es.. ) t55 N'R". I don't nderstand it at all. LIND+. MR. $smilin!&. . )eca se yo co ldn't have borrowed it. In the Lottery* There wo ld have been no credit in that. b t yo r father !ave yo the necessary f nds.. that is what Torvald and all the others think.I told yo abo t o r tri% to Italy. 'h. LIND+. N'R". $contem%t o sly&.. hm/ "ha/ MR..es. b t55 MR. N'R". MR... LIND+. Torvald wo ld never have recovered if he had not !one there55 MR. (o ldn't I* 1hy not* MR. Two h ndred and fifty %o nds. It was I who %roc red the money. LIND+. ) t where did yo !et it from. a wife cannot borrow witho t her h sband's consent. N'R". Hm. then* Nora $h mmin! and smilin! with an air of mystery&. . Nora. how co ld yo %ossibly do it* Did yo win a %ri<e in the Lottery* N'R". 1hat do yo think of that* MR.
can't yo nderstand that* It was necessary he sho ld have no idea what a dan!ero s condition he was in. first of all.. It seems to me im%r dent. 1hen anyone is as attractive as I am55 MR. ) t it was absol tely necessary that he sho ld not know/ My !oodness. never.. Do yo s %%ose I didn't try. ) t he was so ill then55alas. yo know yo 're f ll of c riosity. Now. to !et what I wanted as if it were for myself* I told him how m ch I sho ld love to travel abroad like other yo n! wives3 I tried tears and entreaties with him3 I told him that he o !ht to remember the condition I was in.There is no need yo sho ld. I may have !ot it some other way. there never was any need to tell him. 6ery well. He said I was tho !htless. $sits % strai!ht&. LIND+. Nora dear.& #erha%s I !ot it from some other admirer. Listen to me.. (hristine. Is it im%r dent to save yo r h sband's life* MR. "nd since then have yo never told yo r secret to yo r h sband* . and that he o !ht to be kind and ind l!ent to me3 I even hinted that he mi!ht raise a loan. LIND+. I had meant to let him into the secret and be! him never to reveal it. MR. N'R". LIND+. "nd did yo r h sband never !et to know from yo r father that the money had not come from him* N'R". (hristine.o are a mad creat re.. to55 N'R". and that it was his d ty as my h sband not to ind l!e me in my whims and ca%rices55as I believe he called them. I tho !ht. MR.. yo m st be saved55and that was how I came to devise a way o t of the diffic lty55 MR. LIND+. It was to me that the doctors came and said that his life was in dan!er. Haven't yo been a little bit im%r dent* N'R". and that the only thin! to save him was to live in the so th. witho t his knowled!e. $Lies back on the sofa. #a%a died 8 st at that time. That nearly made him an!ry. . I never said I had borrowed the money. No. LIND+.
LIND+. I co ldn't let my children be shabbily dressed3 I have felt obli!ed to se % all he !ave me for them. .& 1hat nonsense/ That time will never come. MR. .. = ite so. 1henever Torvald has !iven me money for new dresses and s ch thin!s. after many years. when Torvald is no lon!er as devoted to me as he is now3 when my dancin! and dressin!5 % and recitin! have %alled on him3 then it may be a !ood thin! to have somethin! in reserve55$)reakin! off. I have never s%ent more than half of it3 I have always bo !ht the sim%lest and chea%est thin!s. (hristine* Do yo still think I am of no se* I can tell yo . in b siness. isn't it* MR. any clothes look well on me. %oor Nora* N'R". too. (hristine55beca se it is deli!htf l to be really well dressed.o it has all had to come o t of yo r own necessaries of life. of co rse. no/ How co ld yo think so* " man who has s ch stron! o%inions abo t these thin!s/ "nd besides. what do yo think of my !reat secret. Now. . with his manly inde%endence. )esides. how %ainf l and h miliatin! it wo ld be for Torvald. N'R".N'R". and with a half smile&. and so Torvald has never noticed it. 'f co rse. Don't la !h at me/ I mean. %erha%s. . $meditatively. I was the one res%onsible for it.. the sweet little darlin!s/ MR. LIND+.ood Heavens. LIND+. It has been by no means easy for me to meet my en!a!ements % nct ally. 0 arterly interest. I have not been able to % t aside m ch from my ho sekee%in! money.es55someday. I have had to save a little here and there. ) t it was often very hard on me. to know that he owed me anythin!/ It wo ld %set o r m t al relations alto!ether3 o r bea tif l ha%%y home wo ld no lon!er be what it is now. yo nderstand.. and it is always so dreadf lly diffic lt to mana!e them. when I am no lon!er as nice5lookin! as I am now. Thank Heaven. where I co ld. that this affair has ca sed me a lot of worry. Do yo mean never to tell him abo t it* N'R". for Torvald m st have a !ood table. and another thin! called %ayment in installments. I may tell yo that there is somethin! that is called.
Last winter I was l cky eno !h to !et a lot of co%yin! to do3 so I locked myself % and sat writin! every evenin! ntil 0 ite late at ni!ht.& Then I sed to sit here and ima!ine that a rich old !entleman had fallen in love with me55 MR. then I have fo nd other ways of earnin! money. written in bi! letters.& My !oodness. 1hat/ 1ho was it* N'R". $2 m%s %. think of it.. I can't tell yo e-actly. the instr ction> :The lovely Mrs.1ell. . $" bell is heard in the hall. when I co ldn't think of any way of %roc rin! money.. . LIND+ $risin!&.. Nora Helmer is to have all I %ossess %aid over to her at once in cash. Many a time I was des%erately tired3 b t all the same it was a tremendo s %leas re to sit there workin! and earnin! money. soon the s%rin! will come and the bi! bl e sky/ #erha%s we shall be able to take a little tri%55%erha%s I shall see the sea a!ain/ 'h. 0 ite free from care3 to be able to %lay and rom% with the children3 to be able to kee% the ho se bea tif lly and have everythin! 8 st as Torvald likes it/ "nd. . (hristine/ 7ree from care/ To be able to be free from care. can't yo nderstand* There was no old !entleman at all3 it was only somethin! that I sed to sit here and ima!ine. it is very diffic lt to kee% an acco nt of a b siness matter of that kind. it's deli!htf l to think of. for I am free from care now.: MR. ) t it's all the same now3 the tiresome old %erson can stay where he is.& MR.ood !racio s. It was like bein! a man. Many a time I was at my wits' end.miles. as far as I am concerned3 I don't care abo t him or his will either.o see.. $. LIND+. )e 0 iet/55that he had died3 and that when his will was o%ened it contained. LIND+. I only know that I have %aid every %enny that I co ld scra%e to!ether. MR. LIND+. ) t. How m ch have yo been able to %ay off in that way* N'R". There is the bell3 %erha%s I had better !o. it's a wonderf l thin! to be alive and be ha%%y. my dear Nora55who co ld the man be* N'R".
. low voice&.T"D. $at the door&.N'R". )e so !ood as to !o into the st dy. don't !o3 no one will come in here3 it is s re to be for Torvald.o * 1hat is it* 1hat do yo want to see my h sband abo t* 9R'. and t rns to the window.+R6"NT.T"D. LIND+. of the name of 9ro!stad. . $. . and I hear yo r h sband is to be o r chief now55 N'R".& MR. LIND+. then. $at the hall door&. )ank b siness55in a way..T"D. Nora55who was that man* N'R". Mrs. +-c se me. Nothin! b t dry b siness matters. MR.. . Helmer.& N'R" $takes a ste% towards him. I have a small %ost in the )ank. Do yo know the man* MR. 1ho is it* 9R'. No. and as the doctor is with him55 N'R". N'R". N'R". and s%eaks in a strained. It is I. LIND+ starts.. trembles.he bows indifferently to him and sh ts the door into the hall3 then comes back and makes % the fire in the stove.. " lawyer. Then it is55 9R'. Mrs. "t one time he was a solicitor's clerk in o r town.. ma'am55there is a !entleman to see the master. N'R". LIND+. Helmer3 absol tely nothin! else. Then it really was he. $Mrs. I sed to55many years a!o.
Really/ #erha%s he does3 I don't know anythin! abo t it. it is b rnin! %. They say he carries on vario s kinds of b siness. I think I %assed yo on the stairs when I arrived. isn't he* N'R". R"N9.& MR. Mrs.. "h/ some sli!ht internal weakness* MR. No.es. I won't dist rb yo 3 I wo ld rather !o in to yo r wife for a little while. No. D'(T'R R"N9 $comes o t of H+LM+R'. Linde* MR. N'R".& I be! yo r %ardon3 I am afraid I am dist rbin! yo too. he was. LIND+. Doctor Rank.. . R"N9. No. not at all. I !o % very slowly3 I can't mana!e stairs well. He is !reatly altered. LIND+.h ts the door and sees Mrs.. Mrs. Linde's name mentioned here. LIND+. )efore he sh ts the door he calls to him&. There now. R"N9. ) t don't let s think of b siness3 it is so tiresome. I have often heard Mrs. $Introd cin! him&. .. He is a widower now.. N'R". $. my dear fellow.h ts the door of the stove and moves the rockin!5chair aside. MR. st dy. the fact is I have been overworkin! myself. Linde..es. He made a very nha%%y marria!e. LIND+. LIND+. N'R". 1ith several children. MR. . LIND+.
1hom do yo mean* R"N9. LIND+. However wretched I may feel. Doctor Rank. Did he* 1hat did he want to s%eak to Torvald abo t* R"N9.. R"N9.. LIND+ $sadly&. I have come to look for work. . I didn't know this55what's his name559ro!stad had anythin! to do with the )ank. is at this very moment with Helmer55 MR. I have no idea3 I only heard that it was somethin! abo t the )ank. N'R". Mrs. Is that a !ood c re for overwork* MR. 'ne m st live. R"N9. "ll my %atients are like that. " lawyer of the name of 9ro!stad. N'R". I want to %rolon! the a!ony as lon! as %ossible. "h/ N'R". Helmer3 b t even he be!an talkin! of its bein! hi!hly im%ortant that he sho ld live. (ertainly.es. Doctor Rank55yo know yo want to live. N'R".Nothin! more than that* Then I s %%ose yo have come to town to am se yo rself with o r entertainments* MR. LIND+. a fellow yo don't know at all. and a bad case too. the !eneral o%inion seems to be that it is necessary. R"N9. . Look here. He s ffers from a diseased moral character. R"N9. "nd so are those who are morally diseased3 one of them..
what do yo say to a macaroon* R"N9. R"N9. $N'R". as soon as they have fo nd some. 1hat/ I*55 N'R". . 1hat do I care abo t tiresome . N'R".. 1hat. MR. That's my affair/ $1alkin! abo t the room. MR.es. b t these are some (hristine !ave me. $To Mrs. $smilin! and h mmin!&. .. Is that what yo find so e-tremely am sin!* N'R". and.ociety into a sick5ho se. Doctor Rank. % t the %erson concerned into some l crative %osition where they can kee% their eye on him.ociety really is* N'R". .& R"N9.& I don't know whether yo find also in yo r %art of the world that there are certain %eo%le who !o <ealo sly sn ffin! abo t to smell o t moral corr %tion. macaroons* I tho !ht they were forbidden here.ociety* I am la !hin! at somethin! 0 ite different. . are all the %eo%le who are em%loyed in the )ank de%endent on Torvald now* R"N9.till I think the sick are those who most need takin! care of. who has been absorbed in her tho !hts. LIND+. he has some sort of a%%ointment there. there yo are. $shr !!in! his sho lders&.es. $Takes the %acket from her %ocket. That is the sentiment that is t rnin! . somethin! e-tremely am sin!. LIND+. 1hy do yo la !h at that* Have yo any notion what . Tell me.es. Healthy nat res are left o t in the cold. breaks o t into smothered la !hter and cla%s her hands..& Doctor Rank. LIND+.& It's %erfectly !lorio s to think that we have55that Torvald has so m ch %ower over so many %eo%le.
& . Nora. with his coat over his arm and his hat in his hand. R"N9. . if Torvald co ld hear me.o m st have one too. I sho ld not advise yo to say it. LIND+. have yo !ot rid of him* . 8 st a little one55or at most two. H sh/ H sh/ H sh/ $H+LM+R comes o t of his room. 1ell. MR. There is 8 st one thin! in the world now that I sho ld dearly love to do. ) t.ay it. with s yo mi!ht.& N'R". (hristine. why can't yo say it* N'R". $hidin! the %acket&. "nd I shall have one. Torvald dear.& I am tremendo sly ha%%y. I'm damned/ R"N9. 1ell. what is that* N'R". isn't it.'h. well. I m st tell yo that he is afraid they will s%oil my teeth. 1hat is it yo wo ld so m ch like to say if Torvald co ld hear yo * N'R". bah/55once in a way55That's so. $1alkin! abo t. 1ell. . I daren't3 it's so shockin!. I sho ld 8 st love to say551ell.o co ldn't know that Torvald had forbidden them. "re yo mad* MR.. dear55/ R"N9. don't be alarmed/ . It's somethin! I sho ld dearly love to say. Doctor Rank* )y yo r leave/ $# ts a macaroon into his mo th.hockin!* R"N9. .. LIND+. here he is/ N'R".till. 1ell. R"N9. No.
Linde* MR. I55 N'R". yo know55she travelled here as 0 ick as she co ld. 'f co rse. Mrs. " school friend of my wife's. 6ery sensible. b t I don't know55 N'R". "nd when she heard yo had been a%%ointed mana!er of the )ank55the news was tele!ra%hed. . Torvald.es. 1hat do yo mean* Mrs. it is not alto!ether im%ossible.es. she has taken a lon! 8o rney in order to see yo . really. so as to %erfect herself55 H+LM+R. LIND+. who has come to town. 1ell. Linde.. No. .H+LM+R. . "nd 8 st think. for my sake.es. H+LM+R. H+LM+R. I %res me* MR. N'R". I am s re yo will be able to do somethin! for (hristine. H+LM+R. and she is fri!htf lly an-io s to work nder some clever man. N'R". LIND+. (hristine55* +-c se me. I %res me yo are a widow.. H+LM+R. "nd have had some e-%erience of book5kee%in!* . he has 8 st !one. Linde. Let me introd ce yo 55this is (hristine. won't yo * H+LM+R. N'R". dear3 (hristine Linde. Mrs. Linde. (hristine is tremendo sly clever at book5kee%in!. Mrs. we have known each other since then.
. "re yo !oin! too. H+LM+R.& N'R". There is no need. LIND+.es. a fair amo nt. $cla%%in! her hands&.es. LIND+. .& ) t today yo m st e-c se me55 R"N9. it's very likely I may be able to find somethin! for yo 55 N'R". . H+LM+R. $hel%in! her&. "h/ well. not more. and many thanks. N'R". $)rin!s his f r coat from the hall and warms it at the fire. Linde. #lease don't think of it/ . LIND+ $% ttin! on her cloak&. "bo t an ho r. Don't be lon! away.o have 8 st come at a fort nate moment. well then. 1hat did I tell yo * 1hat did I tell yo * H+LM+R. H+LM+R. 1hat a %ity it is we are so short of s%ace here3 I am afraid it is im%ossible for s55 MR.. Mrs. 1ait a min te3 I will come with yo . 'h. N'R". How am I to thank yo * H+LM+R. MR. Nora dear. . (hristine* MR. I m st !o and look for a room. LIND+. Torvald dear..MR.. $# ts on his coat.oodbye. N'R". we can walk down the street to!ether. .
;oodbye for the %resent. 'f co rse yo will come back this evenin!. "nd yo too, Dr. Rank. 1hat do yo say* If yo are well eno !h* 'h, yo m st be/ 1ra% yo rself % well. $They !o to the door all talkin! to!ether. (hildren's voices are heard on the staircase.& N'R". There they are/ There they are/ $,he r ns to o%en the door. The N?R,+ comes in with the children.& (ome in/ (ome in/ $,too%s and kisses them.& 'h, yo sweet blessin!s/ Look at them, (hristine/ "ren't they darlin!s* R"N9. Don't let s stand here in the dra !ht. H+LM+R. (ome alon!, Mrs. Linde3 the %lace will only be bearable for a mother now/ $R"N9, H+LM+R, and Mrs. LIND+ !o downstairs. The N?R,+ comes forward with the children3 N'R" sh ts the hall door.& N'R". How fresh and well yo look/ , ch red cheeks like a%%les and roses. $The children all talk at once while she s%eaks to them.& Have yo had !reat f n* That's s%lendid/ 1hat, yo % lled both +mmy and )ob alon! on the sled!e* 55both at once*55that was !ood. .o are a clever boy, Ivar. Let me take her for a little, "nne. My sweet little baby doll/ $Takes the baby from the M"ID and dances it % and down.& .es, yes, mother will dance with )ob too. 1hat/ Have yo been snowballin!* I wish I had been there too/ No, no, I will take their thin!s off, "nne3 %lease let me do it, it is s ch f n. ;o in now, yo look half fro<en. There is some hot coffee for yo on the stove. $The N?R,+ !oes into the room on the left. N'R" takes off the children's thin!s and throws them abo t, while they all talk to her at once.& N'R". Really/ Did a bi! do! r n after yo * ) t it didn't bite yo * No, do!s don't bite nice little dolly children. .o m stn't look at the %arcels, Ivar. 1hat are they* "h, I daresay yo wo ld like to know. No, no55it's somethin! nasty/ (ome, let s have a !ame/ 1hat shall we %lay at* Hide and ,eek* .es, we'll %lay Hide and ,eek. )ob shall hide first. M st I hide* 6ery well, I'll hide first. $,he and the children la !h and sho t, and rom% in and o t of the room3 at last N'R" hides nder the table, the children r sh in and o t for her, b t do not see her3 they hear her smothered la !hter, r n to the table, lift % the cloth and find her. ,ho ts of la !hter. ,he crawls forward and %retends
to fri!hten them. 7resh la !hter. Meanwhile there has been a knock at the hall door, b t none of them has noticed it. The door is half o%ened, and 9R';,T"D a%%ears, lie waits a little3 the !ame !oes on.& 9R';,T"D. +-c se me, Mrs. Helmer. N'R" $with a stifled cry, t rns ro nd and !ets % on to her knees&. "h/ what do yo want* 9R';,T"D. +-c se me, the o ter door was a8ar3 I s %%ose someone for!ot to sh t it. N'R". $risin!&. My h sband is o t, Mr. 9ro!stad. 9R';,T"D. I know that. N'R". 1hat do yo want here, then* 9R';,T"D. " word with yo . N'R". 1ith me*55$To the children, !ently.& ;o in to n rse. 1hat* No, the stran!e man won't do mother any harm. 1hen he has !one we will have another !ame. $,he takes the children into the room on the left, and sh ts the door after them.& .o want to s%eak to me* 9R';,T"D. .es, I do. N'R". Today* It is not the first of the month yet. 9R';,T"D. No, it is (hristmas +ve, and it will de%end on yo rself what sort of a (hristmas yo will s%end. N'R". 1hat do yo mean* Today it is absol tely im%ossible for me55 9R';,T"D.
1e won't talk abo t that ntil later on. This is somethin! different. I %res me yo can !ive me a moment* N'R". .es55yes, I can55altho !h55 9R';,T"D. ;ood. I was in 'lsen's Resta rant and saw yo r h sband !oin! down the street55 N'R". .es* 9R';,T"D. 1ith a lady. N'R". 1hat then* 9R';,T"D. May I make so bold as to ask if it was a Mrs. Linde* N'R". It was. 9R';,T"D. 2 st arrived in town* N'R". .es, today. 9R';,T"D. ,he is a !reat friend of yo rs, isn't she* N'R". ,he is. ) t I don't see55 9R';,T"D. I knew her too, once %on a time. N'R". I am aware of that. 9R';,T"D. "re yo * ,o yo know all abo t it3 I tho !ht as m ch. Then I can ask yo , witho t beatin! abo t the b sh55is Mrs. Linde to have an a%%ointment in the )ank*
9ro!stad. whom I have to thank for bein! t rned off.T"D. . $walkin! % and down the sta!e&.. "nd it was I who %leaded her ca se. Mr. the time has come when I sho ld advise yo to se yo r infl ence to %revent that.ometimes one has a tiny little bit of infl ence..o ..T"D. let me tell yo that. 1ho has infl ence* N'R". 9ro!stad*55. .. N'R". N'R". yo will be so !ood as to se yo r infl ence on my behalf. there is no necessity to kee% % the %retence of i!norance.. +-actly. 1hat* 1hat do yo mean* 9R'. I was ri!ht in what I tho !ht. 6ery likely3 b t. N'R".T"D. Mrs. N'R". 1hat ri!ht have yo to 0 estion me. one of my h sband's s bordinates/ ) t since yo ask. $chan!in! his tone&. I can 0 ite nderstand that yo r friend is not very an-io s to e-%ose herself to the chance of r bbin! sho lders with me3 and I 0 ite nderstand. yo shall know.N'R". 'h. 9ro!stad. 1hat do yo mean by that* 1ho %ro%oses to take yo r %ost away from yo * 9R'. it does not necessarily follow that55.o will be so kind as to see that I am allowed to kee% my s bordinate %osition in the )ank.. .T"D. Mrs.T"D. )eca se one is a woman. to come to the %oint. Mr. I sho ld ho%e. Helmer. they sho ld really be caref l to avoid offendin! anyone who55who55 9R'.es. too.T"D. 9R'. 1hen anyone is in a s bordinate %osition. 9R'. then. ) t I ass re yo 55 9R'. . Mr. Linde is to have an a%%ointment.
9R'.o are bold. I/ 1hat sho ld make yo think I have any infl ence of that kind with my h sband* 9R'. N'R".T"D. It is not only for the sake of the money3 indeed. many years a!o. I have no infl ence. Haven't yo * I tho !ht yo said yo rself 8 st now55 N'R". I shall in a very short time be free of the whole thin!. that wei!hs least with me in the matter. I don't s %%ose he is any more nassailable than other h sbands. 9ro!stad. I am not afraid of yo any lon!er. . If yo s%eak sli!htin!ly of my h sband. N'R". Nat rally I did not mean yo to % t that constr ction on it.. Helmer.T"D. Helmer. I was ! ilty of an indiscretion. I daresay yo know. 9R'. There is another reason55 well. I think I have heard somethin! of the kind. ) t. 9R'.. . N'R". Mrs. I may as well tell yo . "s soon as the New . that once. I don't think I've been one of . .ear comes. 9R'. like everybody else.T"D. honestly. 9R'. I had to do somethin!3 and.T"D. N'R".o it seems. The matter never came into co rt3 b t every way seemed to be closed to me after that.. Listen to me. Mrs..o I took to the b siness that yo know of.T"D $controllin! himself&..N'R".T"D. Mr.. I shall t rn yo o t of the ho se. 'h. My %osition is this. I have known yo r h sband from o r st dent days. If necessary& I am %re%ared to fi!ht for my small %ost in the )ank as if I were fi!htin! for my life.
I asked yo if it was only a disa!reeable scene at home that yo were afraid of* N'R".T"D. $.. ) t yo m st believe me. . This %ost in the )ank was like the first ste% % for me55and now yo r h sband is !oin! to kick me downstairs a!ain into the m d.the worst. Mrs. My sons are !rowin! %3 for their sake I m st try and win back as m ch res%ect as I can in the town. 'nly disa!reeable* N'R". 9R'. 1hat do yo mean* 9R'.. 1ell. do it. If my h sband does !et to know of it. My h sband will see for himself what a black! ard yo are. of co rse he will at once %ay yo what is still owin!. I shall be obli!ed to remind yo of a few details. which has been my 8oy and %ride. Helmer... and yo certainly won't kee% yo r %ost then. Mr. N'R". then/55and it will be the worse for yo .o don't mean that yo will tell my h sband that I owe yo money* 9R'. ) t now I m st c t myself free from all that. It wo ld be %erfectly infamo s of yo . +ither yo have a very bad memory or yo know very little of b siness.. cl msy way55that he sho ld learn it from yo / "nd it wo ld % t me in a horribly disa!reeable %osition55 9R'. 9ro!stad3 it is not in my %ower to hel% yo at all.T"D..T"D $comin! a ste% nearer&. $im%et o sly&. in s ch an !ly. 9R'. 9R'.T"D.obbin!. and we shall have nothin! more to do with yo . Listen to me.T"D.& To think of his learnin! my secret.T"D. Then it is beca se yo haven't the will3 b t I have means to com%el yo . . N'R". Hm/55s %%ose I were to tell him* N'R". N'R".
and yo were so an-io s to !et the money for yo r 8o rney.ho ld* He did si!n them. . Do yo remember that* N'R". N'R". 9R'. Now. and which I si!ned.o r mind was so taken % with yo r h sband's illness.es. I %romised to !et yo that amo nt. 9R'. 9R'. I %romised to !et yo that amo nt55 N'R".es.T"D..days afterwards yo bro !ht me the bond with yo r father's si!nat re.es.. . yo came to me to borrow two h ndred and fifty %o nds. and yo did so. I %romised to !et the money on the sec rity of a bond which I drew %. 9R'.. Therefore it will not be amiss if I remind yo of them.. 9R'. Is that not so* N'R".T"D. "nd then I !ave yo the money. yo r father sho ld himself have inserted the date on which he si!ned the %a%er. . . that yo seem to have %aid no attention to the conditions of o r bar!ain. Then I !ave yo the bond to send by %ost to yo r father. ) t below yo r si!nat re there were a few lines constit tin! yo r father a s rety for the money3 those lines yo r father sho ld have si!ned. I had left the date blank3 that is to say. .T"D.T"D. N'R".ood. "nd yo nat rally did so at once. I think I remember55 9R'.. .1hen yo r h sband was ill. I didn't know anyone else to !o to. N'R". beca se five or si.T"D.T"D.. on certain conditions.es. . .
"nd died soon afterwards* N'R". 1hat discre%ancy* I don't know55 9R'. ) t55to come back to the matter in hand55that m st have been a very tryin! time for yo . "nd. 9R'. in the fact that yo r father si!ned this bond three days after his death. I mean. as that is so. The discre%ancy consists. haven't I been %ayin! it off re! larly* 9R'. 9R'. Helmer. N'R". 7airly so. . wasn't he* N'R". yes. 9R'. 9R'. Helmer* N'R".T"D. 1hat do yo mean* I don't nderstand55 9R'.T"D.T"D.T"D..e%tember... It was. He was very near his end.o r father was very ill.. N'R". Mrs... indeed..T"D. Mrs. Tell me. That is correct3 I have ascertained it for myself. Mrs.T"D. #a%a died on the @Ath of . . Helmer. can yo by any chance remember what day yo r father died*55on what day of the month. 1ell. N'R".T"D.es.N'R". there is a discre%ancy $takin! a %a%er from his %ocket& which I cannot acco nt for. .
look here3 yo r father has dated his si!nat re the @nd of 'ctober. It wo ld have been better for yo if yo had !iven % yo r tri% abroad.. I co ldn't take that into acco nt3 I didn't tro ble myself abo t yo at all. it was not. 9R'. It was I that wrote %a%a's name.T"D. I co ldn't bear yo . too. beca se yo % t so many heartless diffic lties in my way.T"D. 9R'.T"D. N'R".e%tember. altho !h yo knew what a dan!ero s condition my h sband was in. Helmer* It was yo r father himself who si!ned his name here* N'R" $after a short %a se.o shall have yo r money soon. 9R'. I sho ld have had to tell him what the money was to be sed for3 and when he was so ill himself I co ldn't tell him that my h sband's life was in dan!er55it was im%ossible. In what way* . Mrs.& It is a remarkable thin!.T"D.: as well as the year. It was im%ossible3 %a%a was so ill. . No. throws her head % and looks defiantly at him&. "re yo aware that is a dan!ero s confession* N'R". 9R'. If I had asked him for his si!nat re. ) t. It all de%ends on the si!nat re of the name3 and that is !en ine..& (an yo e-%lain it to me* $N'R" is still silent.. 9R'.o r father died on the @Ath of . I s %%ose. There is no harm in that. that was im%ossible. ) t did it never occ r to yo that yo were committin! a fra d on me* N'R". that the words :@nd of 'ctober. No.. and someone else may have dated it ha%ha<ard before they knew of his death. That tri% was to save my h sband's life3 I co ldn't !ive that %. of co rse it can be e-%lained3 yo r father may have for!otten to date his si!nat re. It is a discre%ancy. isn't it* $N'R" is silent... Let me ask yo a 0 estion3 why did yo not send the %a%er to yo r father* N'R". are not written in yo r father's handwritin! b t in one that I think I know.T"D. 1ell.
was nothin! more or nothin! worse than what yo have done. TH+ (HILDR+N $in the doorway on the left&. No.o * Do yo ask me to believe that yo were brave eno !h to r n a risk to save yo r wife's life* 9R'. ) t matters of b siness55s ch b siness as yo and I have had to!ether55do yo think I don't nderstand that* 6ery well.T"D. N'R". yo evidently do not realise clearly what it is that yo have been ! ilty of. Helmer. Is a da !hter not to be allowed to s%are her dyin! father an-iety and care* Is a wife not to be allowed to save her h sband's life* I don't know m ch abo t law3 b t I am certain that there m st be laws %ermittin! s ch thin!s as that. N'R". no. it is the law by which yo will be 8 d!ed. ) t. yo shall lose yo rs with me. 9R'.T"D. $)e!ins to b sy herself % ttin! the children's thin!s in order.55not now.es.& N'R" $a%%ears b ried in tho !ht for a short time. Have yo no knowled!e of s ch laws55yo who are a lawyer* . Do as yo %lease. N'R". . Nonsense/ Tryin! to fri!hten me like that/55I am not so silly as he thinks. Then it m st be a very foolish law. Do yo hear* Not even %a%a. The law cares nothin! abo t motives.& "nd yet55* No. it's im%ossible/ I did it for love's sake. I don't believe it. 7oolish or not. I know. 9R'. don't tell anyone abo t the stran!er man. the stran!er man has !one o t thro !h the !ate. which lost me all my re% tation. No. . then tosses her head&. mother3 b t will yo come and %lay a!ain* N'R". Maybe..o m st be a very %oor lawyer. ) t let me tell yo this55if I lose my %osition a second time. Mother. $He bows. (HILDR+N. N'R".. if I %rod ce this %a%er in co rt.Mrs. 9ro!stad. dears. . Mr.. ) t I can ass re yo that my one false ste%.T"D. and !oes o t thro !h the hall.
ma'am* N'R".& 'h/ are yo back already*. Has anyone been here* N'R". mother. thank yo .hall I !et yo anythin! else* N'R". H+LM+R. in the middle of the floor. o%ens a drawer.C N'R". . B+-it M"ID.oes to the table on the left. Here* No. I can see from yo r manner that he has been here be!!in! yo to say a !ood word for him. $.he !ets them into the room by de!rees and sh ts the door on them3 then sits down on the sofa. 9ro!stad was here for a moment. That is stran!e. R n away in3 I have s ch a lot to do. H+LM+R. takes % a %iece of needlework and sews a few stitches. M"ID. I saw 9ro!stad !oin! o t of the !ate. dance for yo 55$H+LM+R comes in with some %a%ers nder his arm. H+LM+R. 1here shall I % t it. yo %romised s. my sweet little darlin!s.es. I for!ot.& Helen/ brin! the Tree in. b t I can't now.& No. Torvald/55I will sin! for yo . $be!ins dressin! the tree&. The tree shall be s%lendid/ I will do everythin! I can think of to %lease yo . No. Did yo * 'h yes.es. . " candle here5and flowers here55 The horrible man/ It's all nonsense55there's nothin! wron!. and sto%s a!ain.(HILDR+N. $comin! in with the Tree&. $. .& No/ $Throws down the work. R n away in. b t soon sto%s. Here. . N'R". !oes to the hall door and calls o t. !ets %. ) t. I have all I want. Nora. N'R". no/ it is 0 ite im%ossible/ M"ID.
and yo wo ld be a %arty to that sort of thin!* To have any talk with a man like that.& My little son!bird m st never do that a!ain. It was very silly of me to want to do that.es. isn't it* .its down by the stove. . b t55 H+LM+R.& How warm and sn ! it is here/ $T rns over his %a%ers.& N'R" $after a short %a se. H+LM+R. I can't hit %on anythin! that will do3 everythin! I think of seems so silly and insi!nificant. and !ive him any sort of %romise* "nd to tell me a lie into the bar!ain* N'R".es. N'R".N'R".es. d rin! which she b sies herself with the (hristmas Tree. "nd I am tremendo sly c rio s to see what yo are !oin! to s r%rise me with. Nora. I am lookin! forward tremendo sly to the fancy5dress ball at the . N'R". .& 1e will say no more abo t it. " lie55* H+LM+R.es. "nd yo were to a%%ear to do it of yo r own accord3 yo were to conceal from me the fact of his havin! been here3 didn't he be! that of yo too* N'R". 1hat do yo mean* N'R". " son!bird m st have a clean beak to chir% with55no false notes/ $# ts his arm ro nd her waist.hakes his fin!er at her. $Lets her !o. H+LM+R.& That is so. Torvald.& Torvald/ H+LM+R. Didn't yo tell me no one had been here* $.tenbor!s' the day after tomorrow. I am s re it is. . Nora. $. . H+LM+R.
Then that was why this %oor 9ro!stad55 H+LM+R. "lready* H+LM+R. 1hat is that* Tell me. Torvald. . and what sort of a dress I shall wear* H+LM+R. "ha/ so my obstinate little woman is obli!ed to !et someone to come to her resc e* N'R". I have !ot a thority from the retirin! mana!er to ndertake the necessary chan!es in the staff and in the rearran!ement of the work3 and I m st make se of the (hristmas week for that. Torvald* H+LM+R. N'R".H+LM+R. "nd I do so want to look nice at the fancy5dress ball. 1ell55 N'R". H+LM+R. If yo hadn't been so b sy I sho ld have asked yo a tremendo sly bi! favo r. so as to have everythin! in order for the new year. N'R". "re yo very b sy. Does my little Nora acknowled!e that at last* N'R" $standin! behind his chair with her arms on the back of it&. Torvald. N'R". Hm/ N'R" $leans a!ainst the back of his chair and strokes his hair&. co ldn't yo take me in hand and decide what I shall !o as. There is no one has s ch !ood taste as yo . 1hat are all those %a%ers* H+LM+R. )ank b siness.
$. tell me. was it really somethin! very bad that this 9ro!stad was ! ilty of* H+LM+R. "nd abo t the children55that is the most terrible %art of it all. we shall mana!e to hit %on somethin!. N'R". Isn't it %ossible that he was driven to do it by necessity* H+LM+R. ) t do yo think it wo ld55* H+LM+R. No.oes to the (hristmas Tree. N'R". yo wo ldn't. He for!ed someone's name. Many a man has been able to retrieve his character. I am not so heartless as to condemn a man alto!ether beca se of a sin!le false ste% of that kind. N'R". by im%r dence. 6ery well.es3 or. how he has to wear a mask in the %resence of those near and dear to him. How* .& How %retty the red flowers look55. 2 st think how a ! ilty man like that has to lie and %lay the hy%ocrite with every one. . That is nice of yo . as in so many cases. Nora. ) t 9ro!stad did nothin! of that sort3 he !ot himself o t of it by a c nnin! trick. even before his own wife and children. ) t. wo ld yo . Have yo any idea what that means* N'R". # nishment55* H+LM+R. and that is why he has !one nder alto!ether. N'R". if he has o%enly confessed his fa lt and taken his % nishment. H+LM+R. " short %a se. I can't !et alon! a bit witho t yo r hel%. Torvald.. Torvald* H+LM+R. I will think it over.es. N'R".
N'R". $Holds o t his hands to her. $# ts his hand on her head.& My %recio s little sin!in!5bird/ $He !oes into his room and sh ts the door after him. I ass re yo it wo ld be 0 ite im%ossible for me to work with him3 I literally feel %hysically ill when I am in the com%any of s ch %eo%le. what is this* . It's im%ossible3 it m st be im%ossible. It seems most commonly to be the mother's infl ence. too. .ive me yo r hand on it. . tho !h nat rally a bad father's wo ld have the same res lt. that's settled.& That is why my sweet little Nora m st %romise me not to %lead his ca se. $comin! nearer him&.+ o%ens the door on the left.H+LM+R. (ome. now. $The N?R. whis%ers&.& N'R". +very lawyer is familiar with the fact. There now. . "re yo s re of that* H+LM+R. $!ettin! % and % ttin! his %a%ers in order&. and I m st try and read thro !h some of these before dinner3 and I m st think abo t yo r cost me. $after a %a se. H+LM+R.+. 1hy do yo only say55mother* H+LM+R. My dear. N'R". +ach breath the children take in s ch a ho se is f ll of the !erms of evil. No.& N?R. no55it isn't tr e. come. "lmost everyone who has !one to the bad early in life has had a deceitf l mother. I have often seen it in the co rse of my life as a lawyer.ive me yo r hand. This 9ro!stad. N'R". "nd it is 8 st %ossible I may have somethin! ready in !old %a%er to han! % on the Tree.es. )eca se s ch an atmos%here of lies infects and %oisons the whole life of a home. N'R" $takes her hand o t of his and !oes to the o%%osite side of the (hristmas Tree&. The little ones are be!!in! so hard to be allowed to come in to mamma. How hot it is in here3 and I have s ch a lot to do. has been %ersistently %oisonin! his own children with lies and dissim lation3 that is why I say he has lost all moral character.
I will !o and !et Mrs.es.. N?R. No.with the fancy dress. 6ery well. N)*A!S cloak and hat are lying on the sofa. (hristmas Day55nor tomorrow either.--( E Christmas (ree is in the corner by the $iano. no one will come today. $+nter the N?R. nothin! in the letterbo-3 it is 0 ite em%ty. She is alone in the room.E SCENE. %erha%s55$o%ens the door and looks o t&.h ts the door. .+. N?R. N'R". Thanks3 % t it on the table. . ) t it is very m ch in want of mendin!. 'f co rse. Linde to come and hel% me with it. ) t. De%rave my little children* #oison my home* $" short %a se. no. N?R.omeone is comin! now/ $. ma'am. Then she tosses her head.+. $%ale with terror&. 1hat an idea/ It can easily be % t in order558 st a little %atience.+. "t last I have fo nd the bo. $(omes forward.& N'R". Act II (( E SA.+ from the room on the left.& It's not tr e. It can't %ossibly be tr e. . $. stri$$ed of its ornaments and #ith burnt-do#n candle-ends on its disheveled branches. carryin! a bi! cardboard bo-.o stay with them. N'R".oes to the door and listens. $dro%s her cloak&.& N?R.& No55it is no one. N'R". . N'R". no/ Don't let them come in to me/ . $doin! so&. "nne.& 1hat r bbish/ of co rse he can't be in earnest abo t it. She sto$s by the sofa and takes u$ her cloak.No.+. ch a thin! co ldn't ha%%en3 it is im%ossible55I have three little children. #alking about uneasily. I sho ld like to tear it into a h ndred tho sand %ieces.
N rse. that wicked man didn't do a sin!le thin! for me. and make yo rself ill. . . if I wanted to be little Nora's n rse. N'R".es. )esides.+.+. N'R".+. worse than that mi!ht ha%%en. . How are the children* N?R. I want yo to tell me somethin! I have often wondered abo t55how co ld yo have the heart to % t yo r own child o t amon! stran!ers* N?R. N'R".+. . ma'am.es. 1hat.+. 'h well. The %oor little so ls are %layin! with their (hristmas %resents. I was obli!ed to. ) t I s %%ose yo r da !hter has 0 ite for!otten yo . o t a!ain* In this horrible weather* . N'R".ood heavens/55went away alto!ether* N'R". 1ell. N'R". Do they ask m ch for me* N?R. b t55 N'R". b t how co ld yo be willin! to do it* N?R. Do yo think so* Do yo think they wo ld for!et their mother if she went away alto!ether* N?R.+.N?R. b t.+. yo n! children easily !et acc stomed to anythin!. . n rse.o will catch cold. they are so acc stomed to have their mamma with them. when I was !oin! to !et s ch a !ood %lace by it* " %oor !irl who has !ot into tro ble sho ld be !lad to. N?R. I shall not be able to be so m ch with them now as I was before. 1hat.o see.
who live above s3 and Torvald wants me to !o as a Nea%olitan fisher5!irl. had no other mother b t me. three. Let s sit down here on the sofa. If only I dared !o o t. I heard yo were % askin! for me. two. ma'am. There is no one else o t there. yo were a !ood mother to me when I was little. 'nly I m stn't think abo t it. N'R". it is somethin! yo co ld hel% me with. No. lovely !loves/ ' t of my tho !hts. is there* How !ood of yo to come/ MR. LIND+. b t soon % shes it away from her&. . 1hat lovely.oes into the room on the left. and when she was married. Now I m st55. o t of my tho !hts/ 'ne.. .& "h/ there is someone comin!55. where she has taken off her cloak and hat. MR. indeed she hasn't. I was %assin! by. it's yo .o in to them.tenbor!s'. 'h. Little Nora. Tomorrow evenin! there is to be a fancy5dress ball at the . .es. LIND+. %oor dear. N'R". Look here..& N'R" $be!ins to n%ack the bo-. If only no one wo ld come.N?R.. and dance the Tarantella that I learned at (a%ri.+. LIND+ from the hall. si-55 $. I am s re there will be no one at the ball so charmin! as yo .t ff and nonsense/ No one will come. five. $. I will br sh my m ff. "s a matter of fact. . Nora. I am s re yo wo ld55 1hat nonsense I am talkin!/ $'%ens the bo-. If only I co ld be s re nothin! wo ld ha%%en here in the meantime. $% ttin! her arms ro nd her neck&. $Makes a movement towards the door. b t stands irresol te.& N'R". I see3 yo are !oin! to kee% % the character. N?R. Dear old "nne.+.& $+nter MR.o will see tomorrow how charmin! I shall look. (hristine.+.& . N'R".he wrote to me when she was confirmed. N?R. fo r. . "nd if my little ones had no other mother.creams.
and crosses the sta!e&.. b t now it is all so torn. Does Doctor Rank come here everyday* N'R". It is only some of the trimmin! come nsewn here and there. #ooh/ 1hen yo have three children. ...o o !ht to have come to town a little earlier. . No3 yesterday it was very noticeable. LIND+. yo !et visits now and then from55from married women. LIND+ $sewin!&. my dearest Nora. Needle and thread* Now then. " short silence&. here is the dress3 Torvald had it made for me there. LIND+ $dro%%in! her sewin!&. and they talk abo t one thin! and another. ) t tell me. is Doctor Rank always as de%ressed as he was yesterday* N'R". MR. Look.es. He has cons m%tion of the s%ine. MR. His father was a horrible man who committed all sorts of e-cesses3 and that is why his son was sickly from childhood. (hristine. I will tell yo what55I shall come in for a moment and see yo in yo r fine feathers. who know somethin! of medical matters. "nd so do yo . nderstand* . $!ets %. do yo MR. ) t I have com%letely for!otten to thank yo for a deli!htf l evenin! yesterday. N'R". ) t. 1ell. 1e will easily % t that ri!ht. MR. %oor creat re. that's all we want. N'R". It is nice of yo .o yo are !oin! to be dressed % tomorrow N'R". Torvald wants me to. and I haven't any idea55 MR. it seems to me3 yo are not yo r father's da !hter for nothin!. how do yo know anythin! abo t s ch thin!s* N'R".. $walkin! abo t&. LIND+. (ertainly Torvald does nderstand how to make a ho se dainty and attractive.. I don't think yesterday was as %leasant as s al.. I m st tell yo that he s ffers from a very dan!ero s disease. LIND+ $!oes on sewin!.
Not in the least. Nora. LIND+. beca se he likes hearin! abo t them. 1hat makes yo think that* MR. so nat rally I !ave % doin! so. Let me tell yo this55yo o !ht to make an end of it with Doctor Rank. 1hat o !ht I to make an end of* MR. LIND+... ... and I am older than yo in many ways and have a little more e-%erience. I think. 1hen yo introd ced him to me yesterday. as he says. He is Torvald's most intimate friend. he declared he had often heard my name mentioned in this ho se3 b t afterwards I noticed that yo r h sband hadn't the sli!htest idea who I was. MR. He is 8 st like one of the family. ) t I often talk abo t s ch thin!s with Doctor Rank. MR. Torvald is so abs rdly fond of me that he wants me absol tely to himself. ) t tell me this55is he %erfectly sincere* I mean. LIND+.es. LIND+.esterday yo talked some nonsense abo t a rich admirer who was to leave yo money55 N'R". Is Doctor Rank a man of means* N'R". . Listen to me.+veryday re! larly. 'f two thin!s. "n admirer who doesn't e-ist. isn't he the kind of man that is very an-io s to make himself a!reeable* N'R". LIND+. ..o are still very like a child in many thin!s. .o how co ld Doctor Rank55* N'R". and a !reat friend of mine too. N'R". nfort nately/ ) t what then* MR. (hristine. . That is 0 ite ri!ht. he is. "t first he sed to seem almost 8ealo s if I mentioned any of the dear folk at home.
I don't nderstand yo at all. LIND+. MR.. "ltho !h I am 0 ite s re that if I had asked him55 MR. LIND+. . no one3 b t55 MR. I think that was l cky for yo . N'R". N'R". LIND+. Do yo s %%ose I don't ! ess who lent yo the two h ndred and fifty %o nds* N'R". MR. Nora.. "nd has no one to %rovide for* N'R"..es. he had no money to lend then3 he came into his money afterwards.. )esides. LIND+. my dear Nora.. LIND+. LIND+. No.. ) t how can this well5bred man be so tactless* N'R". LIND+.MR. MR. who comes here everyday/ Do yo realise what a horribly %ainf l %osition that wo ld be* MR. "nd comes here everyday* N'R". . it wo ld never have come into my head to ask Doctor R"N9. It wo ld never have entered into my head for a moment. Don't %revaricate. certainly not. No.. 1ell. No. ) t of co rse yo won't. Then it really isn't he* N'R". I told yo so. "re yo o t of yo r senses* How can yo think of s ch a thin!/ " friend of o rs.
LIND+. and b rn it %55the nasty dirty %a%er/ MR. what is it* N'R". LIND+.omethin! has ha%%ened to yo since yesterday mornin!. Do I look as if I were* MR. I m st make an end of it with the other one.'f co rse not. yes. LIND+. yo are concealin! somethin! from me. $!oin! nearer to her&. Nora. .es. N'R".. as a matter of co rse.. Do yo mind !oin! in to the children for the %resent* Torvald can't bear to see dressmakin! !oin! on. LIND+ $looks hard at her. don't yo * MR. LIND+.. .. MR.. . )ehind yo r h sband's back* N'R". Nora. " man can % t a thin! like that strai!ht m ch easier than a woman55 MR. .. Nonsense/ $.. and that will be behind his back too. MR. $walkin! % and down&. Let "nne hel% yo .& 1hen yo %ay off a debt yo !et yo r bond back.& H sh/ there's Torvald come home.es. I m st make an end of it with him. I have no reason to think it co ld %ossibly be necessary. b t55 N'R". (hristine/ $Listens. that is what I told yo yesterday. 'ne's h sband. LIND+. N'R". "nd can tear it into a h ndred tho sand %ieces. N'R". ) t I am 0 ite s re that if I told Doctor Rank55 MR.tandin! still. lays down her sewin! and !ets % slowly&.
LIND+ $!atherin! some of the thin!s to!ether&. $!oin! % to H+LM+R&. . $T rns to !o into his room. too. If yo r little s0 irrel were to ask yo for somethin! very. ) t I am not !oin! to dist rb yo 3 yo will want to be tryin! on yo r dress. N'R".& Look at that.%lendid/ ) t don't yo think it is nice of me. N'R". . H+LM+R. $. 1as that the dressmaker* N'R". I s %%ose yo are !oin! to work. Torvald.es. . now* N'R". well.o will see I shall look 0 ite smart. H+LM+R. very %rettily55* H+LM+R. No. H+LM+R.& N'R".he !oes into the room on the left. $. 1asn't that a ha%%y tho !ht of mine. to do as yo wish* H+LM+R. Torvald dear. 1hat then* . yo little ro! e. as H+LM+R comes in from the hall.hows her a b ndle of %a%ers. I have 8 st been into the bank.& N'R". H+LM+R. I e-%ect. (ertainly 55 b t I am not !oin! away from here ntil we have had it o t with one another. I am s re yo did not mean it in that way. I have wanted yo so m ch.es. Nice*55beca se yo do as yo r h sband wishes* 1ell. it was (hristine3 she is hel%in! me to % t my dress in order. .
N'R". I be! yo so earnestly55 H+LM+R. Torvald. yo have been awf lly kind abo t that3 b t yo co ld 8 st as well dismiss some other clerk instead of 9ro!stad. This is sim%ly incredible obstinacy/ )eca se yo chose to !ive him a tho !htless %romise that yo wo ld s%eak for him. it is his %ost that I have arran!ed Mrs. my skylark does that anyhow. H+LM+R. 1o ld yo do it* H+LM+R. Linde shall have.es. $!oin! near him&. yo m st do as I ask3 yo m st let 9ro!stad kee% his %ost in the bank. . H+LM+R. I am e-%ected to55 N'R".%eak %lainly. dear. with her son! risin! and fallin!55 H+LM+R. H+LM+R. 1ell.o r s0 irrel wo ld r n abo t and do all her tricks if yo wo ld be nice. . I wo ld %lay the fairy and dance for yo in the moonli!ht. N'R". N'R". and do what she wants. . H+LM+R.o r skylark wo ld chir% abo t in every room. Have yo really the co ra!e to o%en % that 0 estion a!ain* N'R". N'R".N'R".es. first. . . My dear Nora. . . Torvald.es. I sho ld like to hear what it is. Nora55yo s rely don't mean that re0 est yo made to me this mornin!* N'R".
and I ho%e it will contin e to be so. N'R". and have no cares55yo and I and the children. My little Nora. "h.o r father's re% tation as a % blic official was not above s s%icion. It is for yo r own sake. so sn ! and ha%%y here in o r %eacef l home. He can do yo an ns%eakable amo nt of harm. Torvald. Nat rally yo are thinkin! of yo r father. N'R". . of co rse. and how horribly they slandered him. It is already known at the )ank that I mean to dismiss 9ro!stad. 'f co rse/55if only this obstinate little %erson can !et her way/ Do yo s %%ose I am !oin! to make myself ridic lo s before my whole staff. H+LM+R. and if yo had not been so kindly dis%osed and hel%f l to him. there is an im%ortant difference between yo r father and me. Torvald/ That is why I be! yo so earnestly55 H+LM+R.That isn't the reason. 1hat do yo mean* H+LM+R. to let %eo%le think that I am a man to be swayed by all . . "nd what if it did* H+LM+R. This fellow writes in the most sc rrilo s news%a%ers3 yo have told me so yo rself.es55yes. as lon! as I hold my office. I nderstand3 it is recollections of the %ast that scare yo .o never can tell what mischief these men may contrive. 2 st recall to yo r mind what these malicio s creat res wrote in the %a%ers abo t %a%a. I am fri!htened to death of him55 H+LM+R. I believe they wo ld have %roc red his dismissal if the De%artment had not sent yo over to in0 ire into it. Mine is. "nd it is 8 st by intercedin! for him that yo make it im%ossible for me to kee% him. Is it to !et abo t now that the new mana!er has chan!ed his mind at his wife's biddin!55 N'R". . N'R". 1e o !ht to be so well off.
8 st the o%%osite. I don't believe yo mean that. Narrow5 minded/ 6ery well55I m st % t an end to this. 1hatever is that* H+LM+R. It's the same thin!.o say my %oint of view is narrow5 minded. there is one thin! that makes it 0 ite im%ossible for me to have 9ro!stad in the )ank as lon! as I am mana!er. $.& Helen/ N'R". . yo co ld55co ldn't yo * H+LM+R. he thinks it !ives him the ri!ht to ado%t a familiar tone with me. He wo ld make my %osition in the )ank intolerable. I can tell yo / "nd besides. N'R". we were once on very intimate terms with one another. No.es. Don't yo * 1hy not* N'R". "nd I hear he is a !ood worker. . 'n the contrary.sorts of o tside infl ence* I sho ld very soon feel the conse0 ences of it. 1hat are yo sayin!* Narrow5minded* Do yo think I am narrow5minded* N'R". ) t I knew him when we were boys. It was one of those rash friendshi%s that so often %rove an inc b s in afterlife. I ass re yo it is e-tremely %ainf l for me. H+LM+R. H+LM+R. ) t this tactless fellow lays no restraint on himself when other %eo%le are %resent. H+LM+R. too. old fellow/: and that sort of thin!. dear55and it is e-actly for that reason.oes to the hall door and calls. Helmer. so I m st be so too. if necessary55 N'R". and every min te it is :I say. )eca se it is s ch a narrow5minded way of lookin! at thin!s. I may as well tell yo %lainly. N'R". 1hat are yo !oin! to do* . Torvald. His moral failin!s I mi!ht %erha%s have overlooked.
. sir. and here is the money. N'R". (ome what will. +verythin!. I can for!ive the an-iety yo are in.es. It's too late.& "nd that is as it sho ld be. N'R". and be 0 ick. little Miss 'bstinate. 6ery well. $+nter M"ID. Torvald* (all her back/ . (all her back. Torvald/ There is still time. . H+LM+R. $in a horror5stricken voice&. 1hat do yo mean by that* H+LM+R. H+LM+R.o will see I am man eno !h to take everythin! %on myself.ettle it. $% ttin! his %a%ers to!ether&. $Takes her in his arms.& Look here3 take this letter and !o downstairs with it at once. yo may be s re I shall have both co ra!e and stren!th if they be needed.H+LM+R. I say55 N'R". N'R". beca se it is s ch elo0 ent witness to yo r !reat love for me. my own darlin! Nora.o don't know what that letter can brin! %on s. Isn't it an ins lt to think that I sho ld be afraid of a starvin! 0 ill5driver's ven!eance* ) t I for!ive yo nevertheless. call her back/ Do it for my sake55for yo r own sake55for the children's sake/ Do yo hear me. 'h Torvald. $+-it with the letter. M"ID. 7ind a messen!er and tell him to deliver it. 9ro!stad's dismissal. . $breathlessly&. My dear Nora. $lookin! amon! his %a%ers&. it's too late. Now then. . altho !h really it is an ins lt to me.& H+LM+R. $recoverin! herself&. N'R". It is. Torvald55what was that letter* H+LM+R. indeed. The address is on it.
& N'R" $bewildered with an-iety. 1hat do yo mean by that* "s m ch of it as yo can* R"N9. and I shall hear nothin!3 yo can make as m ch noise as yo %lease. 'h. R"N9 is standin! witho t. He will do it.ood day. 1ell. !oes to the door and o%ens it. I shall !o into the inner office and sh t the door. He will do it in s%ite of everythin!. and sh ts the door after him. never/ "nythin! rather than that/ 'h..& "re yo content now* There/ There/55not these fri!htened dove's eyes/ The whole thin! is only the wildest fancy/55Now. whatever it is/ $. we will share it. ) t yo m stn't !o in to Torvald now3 I think he is b sy with somethin!. . R"N9. 1ell. I knew yo r rin!. I shall make se of as m ch of it as I can.& "nd when Rank comes. some way o t of it/ $The door5bell rin!s. That is how it shall be. $brin!s him in and sh ts the door after him&. He was ca%able of doin! it. han!in! % his coat. H+LM+R. $(aressin! her. as man and wife sho ld. N'R". .55No. Nora. not that/ Never. and whis%ers&. yo know very well I always have time for yo . R"N9. % lls herself to!ether. $T rns back at the door. It was s ch a stran!e way of % ttin! it. "nd yo * N'R". takes his %a%ers and !oes into his room. That's ri!ht. stands as if rooted to the s%ot. $Nods to her.& N'R". yo m st !o and %lay thro !h the Tarantella and %ractise with yo r tambo rine. Is anythin! likely to ha%%en* R"N9. tell him where he will find me.o will never have to do that. for some hel%. Doctor Rank. Thank yo . does that alarm yo * N'R".& Doctor Rank/ "nythin! rather than that55anythin!. D rin! the followin! dialo! e it be!ins to !row dark.he % ts her hands over her face.
Mrs. . I shall send yo my card with a black cross on it. $sittin! down by the stove&. in one way or another. I bar my door to him. Is it abo t yo rself* R"N9. Lately I have been takin! stock of my internal economy. Not on any acco nt. 1hat have yo fo nd o t* Doctor R"N9. yo m st tell me. R"N9. 1hat an !ly thin! to say/ R"N9. 1ho else* It is no se lyin! to one's self. 'h.Nothin! b t what I have lon! been %re%ared for. and then yo will know that the loathsome end has be! n. )ankr %t/ #robably within a month I shall lie rottin! in the ch rchyard. Doctor Rank55 R"N9. N'R".. I won't have him there. 1ith death stalkin! beside me*55To have to %ay this %enalty for another man's sin* Is there any 8 stice in that* "nd in every sin!le family. and the worst of it is that I shall have to face so m ch more that is !ly before that. I shall only make one more e-amination of myself3 when I have done that. "s soon as I am 0 ite certain that the worst has come. "nd it can't be hel%ed. N'R". some s ch ine-orable retrib tion is bein! e-acted55 . Helmer's refined nat re !ives him an ncon0 erable dis! st at everythin! that is !ly3 I won't have him in my sick5 room. It is all % with me. The thin! itself is c rsedly !ly. N'R". R"N9. There is somethin! I want to tell yo . Helmer.o are 0 ite abs rd today. I shall know %retty certainly when it will be that the horrors of dissol tion will be!in. $!ri%%in! him by the arm&. N'R". ) t I certainly didn't e-%ect it to ha%%en so soon. $with a si!h of relief&. "nd I wanted yo so m ch to be in a really !ood h mo r. b t. N'R". I am the most wretched of all my %atients.
it's a mere la !hin! matter. $sittin! at the table on the left&.o are a !reater rascal than I tho !ht. N'R". "nd hea%s of %ort and cham%a!ne.es. N'R". N'R". R"N9. . it was yo that smiled. it was yo that la !hed. N'R". $risin!&.es. My %oor innocent s%ine has to s ffer for my father's yo thf l am sements.N'R". of co rse. $with a searchin! look at her&. yes. the whole thin!. Doctor Rank/ R"N9. $% ttin! her hands over her ears&. and to tr ffles. that !oes witho t sayin!. . don't yo * R"N9. It is sad that all these nice thin!s sho ld take their reven!e on o r bones. R bbish/ Do talk of somethin! cheerf l. 1hy did yo smile* R"N9. Hm/55 N'R". No. that's the saddest %art of it all. I s %%ose* R"N9. I s %%ose yo mean that he was too %artial to as%ara! s and %ate de foie !ras. N'R". $after a short %a se&. 'h. Tr ffles. R"N9. . R"N9. No. "nd oysters too. 'ysters. . +s%ecially that they sho ld reven!e themselves on the nl cky bones of those who have not had the satisfaction of en8oyin! them.
1hen I am done for. N'R".he is in that room. . and I will show yo somethin!. death m stn't take yo away from Torvald and me. yo see. . how nreasonable yo are/ $. this woman will55 N'R". I am. R"N9. I think. )oth yo and Helmer. 1ho will form new ties* R"N9. N'R". . and tomorrow yo will see how bea tif lly I shall dance. . It is a loss yo wo ld easily recover from. N'R". when I am !one. $Takes vario s thin!s o t of the bo-. Today a!ain. R"N9.& )e nice now. . $lookin! at him an-io sly&.he has only come to sew my dress for me. $% ttin! her hands on his sho lders&. There. and yo can ima!ine I am doin! it all for yo 55and for Torvald too. I am in a silly mood today.& Doctor Rank. 'ho/55yo don't mean to say yo are 8ealo s of %oor (hristine* R"N9. . Dear. H sh/ don't s%eak so lo d. #eo%le form new ties. . and then55 N'R". Do yo believe that* R"N9. 1hat did that Mrs.N'R".he will be my s ccessor in this ho se. come and sit down here. Linde want here last ni!ht* N'R". R"N9. )less my so l.es. dear Doctor Rank. R"N9.its down on the sofa.o yo rself are already on the hi!h road to it.o it seems. of co rse. Those who are !one are soon for!otten. Doctor Rank.
Hm/55Nora. N'R". . lookin! strai!ht in front of him&. $after a short silence&. $as before&. No. R"N9. $7olds them % a!ain. 7or shame/ $Hits him li!htly on the ear with the stockin!s. "nd not be able to leave behind one the sli!htest token of one's !ratit de. $looks at him for a moment&. "ren't they lovely* It is so dark here now. 1hat is it* N'R". R"N9. $.he looks amon! the thin!s. I cannot ima!ine for a moment what wo ld have become of me if I had never come into this ho se. 'h well. N'R". . $in a lower voice.$sittin! down&. no/ yo m st only look at the feet. 1hy are yo lookin! so critical* Don't yo think they will fit me* R"N9. 1hen I am sittin! here.& R"N9. 7lesh5colo red. $smilin!&. "nd what other nice thin!s am I to be allowed to see* N'R". h mmin! to herself. talkin! to yo as intimately as this. Not a sin!le thin! more. I have no means of formin! an o%inion abo t that. b t tomorrow55. "nd to be obli!ed to leave it all55 N'R". 2 st look at those/ R"N9. no. Nonsense. yo may have leave to look at the le!s too. for bein! so na !hty. N'R".ilk stockin!s.& R"N9. R"N9. scarcely even a fleetin! re!ret55nothin! b t an em%ty %lace which the first comer can fill as well as any other. yo are not !oin! to leave it. I believe yo do feel thoro !hly at home with s.& That's to % nish yo .
Doctor Rank. . $leanin! towards her&. how ine-%ressibly dee%ly Torvald loves me3 he wo ld never for a moment hesitate to !ive his life for me. The only one55* . and a favo r55 R"N9. 7or a bi! %roof of yo r friendshi%55 R"N9. . R"N9. b t yo don't know what it is yet. R"N9. Doctor Rank. Haven't I yo r confidence* N'R". 1o ld yo really make me so ha%%y for once* N'R". "nd if I asked yo now for a55* No/ R"N9. More than anyone else. $with a sli!ht start&.es. It is somethin! o t of all reason3 it means advice. No55b t tell me.N'R". and hel%. and so I will tell yo what it is. I really can't. "h. it is somethin! yo m st hel% me to %revent.o know how devotedly. yes/ N'R". I know yo are my tr est and best friend. Nora55do yo think he is the only one55* N'R". 1ell. 7or what* N'R". N'R". I can't conceive what it is yo mean. The bi!!er a thin! it is the better. Do tell me. I mean a tremendo sly bi! favo r55 R"N9.
had yo any idea of this* N'R". No.& Dear Doctor Rank. Is that it* R"N9. at all events yo know now that yo can command me. . The only one who wo ld !ladly !ive his life for yo r sake. Nora/ N'R". Doctor Rank/ 1e were !ettin! on so nicely. R"N9.R"N9. . R"N9. $makes room for her to %ass him. I be! yo to let me know what it is. body and so l. 'h. 1ell. N'R". Let me %ass. $rises. % ts it down on the table. brin! in the lam%. I was determined yo sho ld know it before I went away. Nora. N'R". that was really horrid of yo . R"N9. Now yo know it. $sadly&. There was really no need55 R"N9. b t sits still&.& Nora55Mrs. 1hat do yo mean* Did yo know55* $M"ID enters with lam%. "nd now yo know. b t to !o and tell me so. and !oes o t. Helen. too. and there will never be a better o%%ort nity than this. $lookin! at him&. deliberately and 0 ietly&.o won't yo s%eak o t* N'R". $. that yo can tr st me as yo wo ld tr st no one else. Helmer55tell me. how do I know whether I had or whether I hadn't* I really can't tell yo 55To think yo co ld be so cl msy. $at the hall door&.oes over to the stove. To have loved yo as m ch as anyone else does* 1as that horrid* N'R". "fter what ha%%ened* R"N9.
Let me have %ermission to do for yo whatever a man may do.es. and looks at him with a smile.& . R"N9.its down in the rockin!5 chair. . now the lam% has come* R"N9. and others whom one wo ld almost always rather have as com%anions. 1hen I was at home. .o are a nice sort of man. No. . R"N9.o will find that the whole thin! is merely fancy on my %art. . 'f co rse yo m st come here 8 st as before. N'R". It is 8 st that.o m stn't % nish me in that way. that % t me on the wron! track. . R"N9. b t yo * N'R".o are a riddle to me.o know very well Torvald can't do witho t yo . It really is so55of co rse it is/ $. Doctor Rank/55don't yo feel ashamed of yo rself. . yo shall not. and talked to each other abo t s ch entertainin! thin!s. I have often tho !ht that yo wo ld almost as soon be in my com%any as in Helmer's. )esides.N'R". R"N9. beca se they never moralised at all. I am always tremendo sly %leased when yo come. Not a bit. ) t I always tho !ht it tremendo s f n if I co ld steal down into the maids' room. I can't tell yo anythin! now. N'R". I really don't need any hel% at all. of co rse I loved %a%a best.es55yo see there are some %eo%le one loves best. .es.es.o can do nothin! for me now. ) t %erha%s I had better !o55for ever* N'R". . yes. indeed. 'h. . N'R". . there is somethin! in that.
'ho/ Then that was the !reat secret. 'f co rse.oes into H+LM+R'. ) t s rely yo can nderstand that bein! with Torvald is a little like bein! with %a%a55$+nter M"ID from the hall. $!lancin! at the card&. . ) t didn't yo tell him no one was in* M"ID. N'R". N'R". It is only somethin!55it is my new dress55 R"N9. b t it was no !ood.& N'R". 2 st !o in to him3 he is sittin! in the inner room.R"N9.es. room. $. 'h. $8 m%in! % and !oin! to him&.o r dress is lyin! there. that one3 b t this is another. N'R".es3 he came % the back stairs. N'R". yes.& R"N9. If yo %lease.& M"ID. . not in the least. ma'am. No. . dear. I never meant that at all. Is there anythin! wron!* N'R".& N'R". $to the M"ID&. no. 9ee% him as lon! as55 R"N9. I see55it is their %lace I have taken. nice Doctor Rank. Make yo r mind easy3 I won't let him esca%e. 1hat* . 'h. Torvald m stn't know abo t it55 R"N9. I ordered it. 'h/ $# ts it in her %ocket. "nd he is standin! waitin! in the kitchen* M"ID. $1his%ers and hands her a card.
and yet he vent res55 N'R". N'R". He is wearin! a f r coat.he bolts the door of H+LM+R'.. N'R". Make haste then.. No3 he says he won't ntil he has seen yo . . that I have !ot my dismissal. 9ro!stad. ma'am. Helen. $advancin! towards him&. 1hat do yo want of me* 9R'. ma'am.T"D.. This dreadf l thin! is !oin! to ha%%en/ It will ha%%en in s%ite of me/ No. I s %%ose. b t it was no !ood. 9R'. I co ldn't %revent it. no. He won't !o away* M"ID. yo m stn't say anythin! abo t it to anyone. room. .N'R"..T"D. it can't ha%%en55it shan't ha%%en/ $. "n e-%lanation of somethin!. 1hat is it* 9R'.& N'R". hi!h boots and a f r ca%. 1ell. no.es.%eak low55my h sband is at home. N'R". $+-it.. I 0 ite nderstand. M"ID.& N'R". then* He knows what I can e-%ose yo to.T"D.T"D and sh ts it after him. 9R'. It is a s r%rise for my h sband. let him come in55b t 0 ietly. N'R".o know. I fo !ht as hard as I co ld on yo r side. The M"ID o%ens the hall door for 9R'. Does yo r h sband love yo so little. . No matter abo t that. .T"D. Mr.
'nly to see how yo were. I have been thinkin! abo t yo all day lon!. 1hat is it yo want of me* 9R'.T"D. then3 think of my little children. Mrs.. yo know. of what it act ally is that yo have done* N'R". N'R".T"D. Have yo and yo r h sband tho !ht of mine* ) t never mind abo t that.. N'R".T"D.T"D. . than yo had yesterday. " mere cashier. 9ro!stad.es. Helmer. . a little res%ect for my h sband. a man like me55even he has a little of what is called feelin!. 9R'. I didn't s %%ose so at all.T"D. ) t since yo have ke%t the matter so caref lly to yo rself. a55well. of co rse not3 I was s re of that. 9R'. %lease. (ertainly55all the res%ect he deserves. Mr. It will remain a secret between s three. I only wanted to tell yo that yo need not take this matter too serio sly. In the first %lace there will be no acc sation made on my %art. I make bold to s %%ose that yo have a little clearer idea.T"D.how it. 9R'.. It wo ld not be the least like o r dear Torvald Helmer to show so m ch co ra!e55 N'R". No. ... More than yo co ld ever teach me.. a 0 ill5driver. The whole thin! can be arran!ed amicably3 there is no reason why anyone sho ld know anythin! abo t it. 9R'. s ch a bad lawyer as I am. N'R".How can yo s %%ose that he has any knowled!e of the sort* 9R'.
1ell.T"D. N'R".. No one who is not concerned in the matter shall have the sli!htest hint of it.. N'R". If yo stood there with ever so m ch money in yo r hand. If yo had it in yo r mind to r n away from yo r home55 N'R".T"D. No.T"D. My h sband m st never !et to know anythin! abo t it. . 9R'. 'r even somethin! worse55 N'R". I shall only %reserve it55kee% it in my %ossession. How will yo be able to %revent it* "m I to nderstand that yo can %ay the balance that is owin!* N'R".T"D. Tell me what % r%ose yo mean to % t it to.T"D.. 9R'.. No e-%edient that I mean to make se of. not 8 st at %resent.ive % the idea.o that if the tho !ht of it has driven yo to any des%erate resol tion55 N'R". 9R'. .T"D.. 'r %erha%s that yo have some e-%edient for raisin! the money soon* N'R". .. in any case. 9R'. 9R'. 9R'. it wo ld have been of no se to yo now.N'R". It has. I wo ld never %art with yo r bond. How co ld yo know that* 9R'.. I had.T"D.
He m stn't !et the letter.T"D $in a tone of relief&. I want to rehabilitate myself..T"D.T"D. too55b t I hadn't the co ra!e..T"D. N'R". 9R'. and I will !et the money. No more had I.. Tear it %. N'R". I did. amid all that time I have been str !!lin! in most restricted circ mstances. 9R'. Helmer3 I want to !et on3 and in that yo r h sband m st hel% me. Tellin! him everythin!* 9R'. I will find some means of !ettin! money. )esides. it wo ld have been a !reat %iece of folly. 7or the last year and a half I have not had a hand in anythin! dishono rable. No. b t I think I told yo 8 st now55 N'R". N'R". Most of s think of that at first. $0 ickly&. No. isn't it55yo hadn't the co ra!e either* N'R". 1hat do yo want.T"D. $faintly&. I haven't55I haven't. +-c se me. 9R'. that's it. I will tell yo . then* 9R'. Tell me what s m yo are askin! my h sband for. Mrs.T"D. Mrs.How did yo know I had tho !ht of that* 9R'. N'R".T"D.... In as lenient a manner as I %ossibly co ld. 'nce the first storm at home is over55. I have a letter for yo r h sband in my %ocket. I am not s%eakin! of what I owe yo . Helmer. 9R'. I am not askin! yo r h sband for a %enny. I was content to work my ..
. #eo%le don't do s ch thin!s. . N'R".o r h sband m st make a %lace for me55 N'R". "nd as soon as I am in there a!ain with him.. ?nder the ice. Nor yo me.T"D.o can't fri!hten me. 9R'. Now I am t rned o t. what se wo ld it be* I sho ld have him com%letely in my %ower all the same. %erha%s* Down into the cold. That's a thin! yo will never see/ 9R'. It will be Nils 9ro!stad and not Torvald Helmer who mana!es the )ank.T"D.o will see. )esides.. Do yo mean that yo will55* N'R".T"D.. s%oilt lady like yo 55 N'R". to float % to the s rface. 9R'. I have co ra!e eno !h for it now. 'h. N'R". "fterwards* 1hen I am no lon!er55 9R'. and I am not !oin! to be satisfied with merely bein! taken into favo r a!ain.T"D. 9R'. Mrs. in a hi!her %osition. yo can't fri!hten me. in the s%rin!. " fine. . yo will see.T"D.. all horrible and nreco!nisable.. That he will never do/ 9R'. with yo r hair fallen o t55 N'R".T"D. I want to !et into the )ank a!ain. then yo will see/ 1ithin a year I shall be the mana!er's ri!ht hand.. He will3 I know him3 he dare not %rotest. Helmer. coal5black water* "nd then. I want to !et on. .way % ste% by ste%. I tell yo .
Torvald. . LIND+ comes in from the room on the left. now. I see it. LIND+.o look so a!itated/ N'R". MR.es. MR. 1hen Helmer has had my letter.& N'R"..es. Mrs. N'R" tters a stifled cry.& 1ell.. MR. . "nd be s re yo remember that it is yo r h sband himself who has forced me into s ch ways as this a!ain.& N'R" $!oes to the hall door. footste%s are heard.T"D'. I can't see anythin! more to mend now. Do yo see that letter* There. Nora55it was 9ro!stad who lent yo the money/ N'R". I will never for!ive him for that. . no/ that's im%ossible/ $'%ens the door by de!rees. He is not !oin! downstairs.oodbye. there is no ho%e for s now/ $Mrs. come here. 'h no. carryin! the dress. . and now Torvald will know all abo t it. LIND+ $throwin! the dress down on the sofa&.. (ome here. LIND+. $+-it thro !h the hall. $in a hoarse whis%er&. Is he hesitatin!* (an he55* $" letter dro%s into the bo-3 then 9R'. There.& There it lies55Torvald. That letter is from 9ro!stad. and r ns across the room to the table by the sofa. I have warned yo . 1hat is the matter with yo * . look55yo can see it thro !h the !lass in the letter5bo-. o%ens it sli!htly and listens.teals across to the hall door.& MR. I shall e-%ect a messa!e from him.& He is !oin!.. (hristine.. He is not % ttin! the letter in the bo-. N'R". Do not do anythin! foolish. In the letter5bo-.Have yo for!otten that it is I who have the kee%in! of yo r re% tation* $N'R" stands s%eechlessly lookin! at him. ntil they die away as he !oes downstairs. 1o ld yo like to try it on55* N'R". LIND+. " short %a se.& 1hat is that* He is standin! o tside. $. Helmer.
"nd if it sho ld ha%%en that there were some one who wanted to take all the res%onsibility. I am not o t of my mind at all3 I am in my ri!ht senses now...o don't know all. Nora/ N'R". How sho ld yo nderstand it* " wonderf l thin! is !oin! to ha%%en/ ... that it is not tr e. (hristine55yo m st be my witness. all the blame. LIND+.ood heavens55/ N'R". that mi!ht %revent my bein! here55 MR. (hristine. and I alone. ) t I don't nderstand all this. 'r if anythin! else sho ld ha%%en to me55anythin!. for instance.. MR. LIND+. indeed. LIND+. did the whole thin!. LIND+. N'R". that's the best thin! for both of yo . yo nderstand55 MR. Nora/ Nora/ yo are 0 ite o t of yo r mind. yes55b t how can yo s %%ose55* N'R".. LIND+.o r witness* 1hat do yo mean* 1hat am I to55* N'R". Then yo m st be my witness. . )elieve me. Remember that. N'R".es. LIND+. MR. I for!ed a name. I only want to say this to yo . LIND+. . N'R". If I sho ld !o o t of my mind55and it mi!ht easily ha%%en55 MR. I will. and I tell yo no one else has known anythin! abo t it3 I.. MR. Nora. . .MR.
MR. There was a time when he wo ld !ladly do anythin! for my sake. LIND+. N'R".. "re yo tryin! on yo r dress* N'R".es. $calls from his room. what's that* 1hat do yo want* H+LM+R. ) t the letter. Nora/ Nora $cries o t an-io sly&. LIND+. the letter55/ H+LM+R. 1e are not comin! in3 yo have locked the door. "nd yo r h sband kee%s the key* N'R". How sho ld I know55* . He* MR. . N'R". that's it. The letter is lyin! there in the bo-. (hristine3 it m stn't ha%%en. a wonderf l thin!/55) t it is so terrible. I look so nice. " wonderf l thin!* N'R". . Don't !o to him3 he will do yo some harm. b t it's no se. always. here is his card. N'R". knockin! at the door&. I see he lives at the corner here. 'h.. MR...es. MR. 1here does he live* N'R". LIND+. LIND+. I will !o at once and see 9ro!stad..es $feelin! in her %ocket&. Don't be so fri!htened. not for all the world. LIND+. Torvald. .es. . . MR. LIND+ $who has read the card&.es.. It is ho%eless.MR.
door. I have not %ractised at all. N'R". 1ell* May I vent re at last to come into my own room a!ain* (ome alon!. we will soon work it % a!ain. Rank led me to e-%ect a s%lendid transformation. LIND+. 1hat is what. Torvald.o in to him in the meantime.es. Rank. $from the inner room&. nobody is to have the chance of admirin! me in my dress ntil tomorrow. R"N9. yo look so worn o t. I nderstood so.. H+LM+R. . o%ens it and %ee%s in&. Torvald/ H+LM+R. he m st find some %retence55 N'R". $in the doorway&. H+LM+R. dear* H+LM+R. .& N'R".es. ) t I can't !et on a bit witho t yo to hel% me3 I have absol tely for!otten the whole thin!. $!oes to H+LM+R'.o m st delay him. ) t it is 8 st at this time that Torvald !enerally55 MR.MR. H+LM+R. LIND+.he !oes o t h rriedly thro !h the hall door. . now yo will see55 $Haltin! in the doorway. Have yo been %ractisin! too m ch* N'R". . b t evidently I was mistaken. No. .. my dear Nora. ) t. ) t yo will need to55 N'R". indeed I shall. 'h. $. 9ro!stad m st ask for his letter back nread. I will come back as soon as I can.& ) t what is this* N'R".
if yo wish me to.es. dear* N'R". Torvald. Let me %ractise at once3 there is time now. before we !o to dinner.& N'R". This evenin! I will be wholly and absol tely at yo r service. There is nothin! there. $T rns to !o to the letter5bo-. H+LM+R.he hastily dra%es the shawl ro nd her. 1hat are yo !oin! to do there* H+LM+R.& N'R" $takes o t of the bo. .a tambo rine and a lon! varie!ated shawl. first of all I will 8 st55 $. Then she s%rin!s to the front of the sta!e and calls o t&. no/ don't do that. N'R". by the way.o m st !ive yo rself % to me entirely this evenin!. "re yo really so afraid of it. so dreadf lly afraid of it. . 'nly see if any letters have come. %lease don't.N'R". and correct me as yo %lay. "h. . Torvald/ H+LM+R.oes towards the hall door. Torvald dear* H+LM+R. Torvald dear3 criticise me. $!oin! % to her&. H+LM+R sto%s in the doorway. yo hel%less little mortal.es. %lays the first bars of the Tarantella. hel% me. 1ith !reat %leas re. Not the tiniest bit of b siness55yo m stn't even take a %en in yo r hand.its down at the %iano. let me look. . 1hy not* N'R".& "ha/ N'R". at the %iano. N'R".it down and %lay for me. . Torvald. No. . H+LM+R. $. I can't dance tomorrow if I don't %ractise with yo . 1ell. H+LM+R. I %romise. 1ill yo %romise. #romise that yo will/ I am so nervo s abo t it55all the %eo%le55.
. and looks on. $!ettin! %&. . I can't do it any other way. Not so violently. $sto%s %layin!&. N'R" dances more and more wildly. slower/ N'R".Now %lay for me/ I am !oin! to dance/ $H+LM+R %lays and N'R" dances. do. +nter Mrs. . No. yo are dancin! as if yo r life de%ended on it. N'R". no55that is not a bit ri!ht. and d rin! her dance !ives her fre0 ent instr ctions. .o it does. ch f n.he does not seem to hear him3 her hair comes down and falls over her sho lders3 she %ays no attention to it. $as she dances&. Let me %lay for her. 'h/55 N'R". b t !oes on dancin!. .es. $R"N9 sits down at the %iano and %lays. H+LM+R. LIND+ $standin! as if s%ell5bo nd in the doorway&. I can correct her better then. LIND+. $as he %lays&. Didn't I tell yo so* R"N9.& MR. This is the way. N'R". R"N9 stands by the %iano behind H+LM+R. $la !hin! and swin!in! the tambo rine&.. . H+LM+R. My dear darlin! Nora. H+LM+R. Nora/ N'R". H+LM+R. (hristine/ H+LM+R.& H+LM+R.lower. H+LM+R has taken % a %osition beside the stove.
There. Torvald/ H+LM+R. yo are still afraid of that fellow55 N'R". Nothin! horrid m st come between s ntil this is all over. .es.o m st not think of anythin! b t me. I can tell from yo r looks that there is a letter from him lyin! there. The child shall have her way. N'R".to%.to%. Then yo will be free. H+LM+R.o have for!otten . ) t tomorrow ni!ht. and N'R" s ddenly stands still. indeed I am. Nora. . $throwin! away the tambo rine&. N'R". $takin! her in his arms&. I tell yo / $R"N9 sto%s %layin!. I don't know3 I think there is3 b t yo m st not read anythin! of that kind now. H+LM+R !oes everythin! I ta !ht yo . R"N9. .o will want a lot of coachin!.o m st coach me % to the last min te. #romise me that.& M"ID. Rank3 this is sheer madness. . "h. $The M"ID a%%ears in the doorway to the ri!ht. . yo see how m ch I need it.. . after yo have danced55 N'R". $whis%ers to H+LM+R&. N'R". either today or tomorrow3 yo m stn't o%en a sin!le letter55 not even o%en the letter5bo-55 H+LM+R. N'R". % to her. .& I co ld never have believed it. .es. yo see. H+LM+R. H+LM+R.o can de%end on me. .o m stn't contradict her.
He is comin! home tomorrow evenin!. M"ID. "fter all. . Doctor Rank.& "nd a few macaroons. my dear fellow3 it is sim%ly nothin! more than this childish nervo sness I was tellin! yo of. sed. N'R". N'R". . )e my own little skylark. Helen55lots.Dinner is served. 1e will have cham%a!ne. I will. R"N9. . MR. . as yo N'R". I s %%ose there is nothin!55she is not e-%ectin! anythin!* H+LM+R. ) t !o in now and yo too. 6ery !ood. Helen. .one o t of town. come.es.o sho ld have let it alone3 yo m st %revent nothin!. 1ell/ MR. H llo/55are we !oin! to have a ban0 et* N'R". H+LM+R. ma'am. LIND+. B+-it. it is s%lendid to be waitin! for a wonderf l thin! to ha%%en. (hristine. ma'am. 7ar from it. LIND+. $They !o into the ri!ht5hand room. N'R". $(alls o t. 8 st for once/ H+LM+R. yo m st hel% me to do % my hair. don't be so wild and nervo s.. I wrote a note for him. (ome. I co ld tell from yo r face.. $whis%ers to H+LM+R as they !o o t&. dear.es.& N'R". a cham%a!ne ban0 et ntil the small ho rs.
.o in to them. .T"D. 1hat is it that yo are waitin! for* N'R".--(he table has been $laced in the middle of the stage.rs. as if to com%ose herself. 1here's my little skylark* N'R".& 7ive o'clock. $from the doorway on the ri!ht&. 9R'. Not yet55and the time is nearly %. $Mrs. Li!ht footste%s are heard on the stairs. yo wo ldn't nderstand. It is absol tely necessary that I sho ld have a talk with yo . $Listens a!ain. $. A lam$ is burning on the table. 1hat does this mean* MR.MR. but does not seem able to collect her thoughts. N'R" stands still for a little while. 3%N-E is sitting at the table idly turning over the leaves of a book& she tries to read.& "h. Then she looks at her watch. If only he does not55. LIND+.E SCENE. .T"D.& (ome in. Here she is/ Act III (( E SA.. -ance music is heard in the room above.he whis%ers. ..oes into the hall and o%ens the o ter door caref lly. there he is. $!oin! to him with her arms o tstretched&. LIND+. Twenty5fo r and seven* Thirty5one ho rs to live. $in the doorway&. #ith chairs around it. Really* "nd is it absol tely necessary that it sho ld be here* MR. I will come in a moment. . Every no# and then she listens intently for a sound at the outer door.. MR.. LIND+.. There is no one here. Then the Tarantella will be over. (he door into the hall stands o$en.LIND+ $lookin! at her watch&. LIND+ !oes into the dinin!5room. I fo nd a note from yo at home. 'h..even ho rs ntil midni!ht3 and then fo r5and5twenty ho rs ntil the ne-t midni!ht. H+LM+R. 9R'. .
T"D.. LIND+. $comin! into the room&.. LIND+.. The maid is aslee%.T"D. LIND+.. I sho ldn't have tho !ht so. Nils.. did yo really think that* 9R'.. Now. Nils. why not* 9R'. (an we two have anythin! to talk abo t* MR. . 1as there anythin! else to nderstand e-ce%t what was obvio s to all the world55a heartless woman 8ilts a man when a more l crative chance t rns %* MR. (ome in3 we are 0 ite alone..It is im%ossible where I live3 there is no %rivate entrance to my rooms. LIND+..T"D. why did yo write to me as yo did at the time* .T"D. No. LIND+. 9R'. Do yo believe I am as absol tely heartless as all that* "nd do yo believe that I did it with a li!ht heart* 9R'. yo have never %ro%erly nderstood me. 9R'.T"D. (ertainly55why not* MR.T"D. let s have a talk. LIND+.. "re the Helmers really at a dance toni!ht* MR.. 9R'. MR. 1e have a !reat deal to talk abo t.. If it were as yo say.es..T"D. 9R'. Didn't yo * MR. and the Helmers are at the dance %stairs..
?nintentionally.T"D. $more !ently&.T"D. It was only today that I learned it was yo r %lace I was !oin! to take in the )ank.o m st not for!et that I had a hel%less mother and two little brothers. if yo say so. beca se that wo ld not benefit yo in the least. 9R'. . 9R'.. ) t hel% may be near. LIND+. are yo not !oin! to !ive it % to me* MR.. LIND+.MR. Indeed I don't know. 9R'. LIND+.T"D. Many a time did I ask myself if I had the ri!ht to do it.. and hard.o that was it.T"D. ) t now that yo know it. "nd all this55only for the sake of money/ MR.. 9R'.. MR. it was my d ty also to % t an end to all that yo felt for me. 1e co ldn't wait for yo .. Look at me now55I am a shi%wrecked man clin!in! to a bit of wrecka!e. MR. I co ld do nothin! else. No. LIND+. Life.. Nils3 yo r %ros%ects seemed ho%eless then. benefit.T"D. . I believe yo . benefit55I wo ld have done it whether or no. MR. . 1hen I lost yo .... 9R'.. LIND+. "s I had to break with yo . 9R'... I have learned to act %r dently. it was as if all the solid !ro nd went from nder my feet. LIND+.. It was near3 b t then yo came and stood in my way. That may be so. Nils. 9R'. bitter necessity have ta !ht me that. LIND+. MR.T"D $wrin!in! his hands&.T"D. b t yo had no ri!ht to throw me over for anyone else's sake. 'h.
. no one to care for. how wo ld it be if we two shi%wrecked %eo%le co ld 8oin forces* 9R'.. LIND+. Two on the same %iece of wrecka!e wo ld stand a better chance than each on their own. 1hat do yo mean by that* MR.T"D. LIND+. 9R'. LIND+..T"D. LIND+. It was yo r own choice.. MR.. . LIND+. MR.. 1hat do yo s %%ose bro !ht me to town* 9R'.. (hristine I.T"D. Then life has ta !ht yo somethin! very reasonable. 1ell.T"D. LIND+.. MR. I am like a shi%wrecked woman clin!in! to some wrecka!e55no one to mo rn for. There was no other choice55then. ) t deeds yo m st believe in* 9R'. LIND+.. Nils.. 1hat are yo sayin!* MR. I had !ood reason to say so. 9R'. 9R'.o said yo were like a shi%wrecked man clin!in! to some wrecka!e.. 9R'.T"D. what now* MR..T"D.. .T"D... Do yo mean that yo !ave me a tho !ht* MR. LIND+. MR."nd life has ta !ht me not to believe in fine s%eeches. 1ell...
T"D. LIND+.I co ld not end re life witho t work. Nils. $!ras%s her hands&. Nils. I see it in yo r face. (hristine. Have yo ever noticed anythin! of the sort in me* 9R'. Thanks. and yo r children need a mother. then55* MR.. "h... MR. thanks. LIND+. b t I for!ot55 MR. LIND+.. There is not the least %leas re in workin! for one's self. .T"D. . as lon! as I can remember.T"D.T"D. Have yo really the co ra!e. Is it too late now* 9R'.. I have worked. are yo sayin! this deliberately* .es..T"D.. ) t now I am 0 ite alone in the world55my life is so dreadf lly em%ty and I feel so forsaken. 9R'. I am certain of it. 9R'..T"D. . I am s re yo are. MR.. I want to be a mother to someone. I don't tr st that.. LIND+. and it has been my !reatest and only %leas re. 9R'. I have faith in yo r real character55I can dare anythin! to!ether with yo . LIND+. (hristine/ Now I shall find a way to clear myself in the eyes of the world.. "nd do yo know what they think of me here* MR. (o ld yo really do it* Tell me55do yo know all abo t my %ast life* MR.es. 1e two need each other.o seemed to me to im%ly that with me yo mi!ht have been 0 ite another man. 9R'. "ll my life. !ive me someone and somethin! to work for.. It is nothin! b t a woman's overstrained sense of !enerosity that %rom%ts yo to make s ch an offer of yo rself.
= ite s re. LIND+.. LIND+.T"D. I will ask for my letter back.o cannot.. 'f co rse yo are not aware what ste%s I have taken in the matter of the Helmers. 9R'. . 1hy* 1hat is it* MR. b t55 9R'.T"D. MR.o.. doesn't do it a second time. . LIND+.now. yes55I will !o.T"D. LIND+. . No.es. 9R'. !o/ 9R'.T"D. If I co ld only ndo what I have done/ MR. 9R'. Is that what it all means*55that yo want to save yo r friend at any cost* Tell me frankly....T"D. H sh/ The Tarantella/ . $with a searchin! look at her&. a woman who has once sold herself for another's sake. I know all abo t that.o r letter is lyin! in the letter5bo. 9R'.. . Is that it* MR. LIND+. ) t it is all no se. "nd in s%ite of that have yo the co ra!e to55* MR..T"D.. "re yo s re of that* MR. no..T"D..es. 9R'. LIND+. we may e-%ect them back.. Do yo hear them % there* 1hen that is over. . I nderstand very well to what len!ths a man like yo mi!ht be driven by des%air. LIND+...T"D. 9R'.. MR. Nils.LIND+ $listenin!&.
LIND+.. and N'R"'. MR.. 1hat a difference/ what a difference/ . yo m st not recall yo r letter. LIND+.he is in an Italian cost me with a lar!e black shawl aro nd her3 he is in evenin! dress. . MR. In my first moment of fri!ht. I will wait here ntil Helmer comes3 I will tell him he m st !ive me my letter back55that it only concerns my dismissal55that he is not to read it55 MR. tell me. Helmer m st know all abo t it.. . I have never had s ch an ama<in! %iece of !ood fort ne in my life/ $. That I will do. $Takes % her hat and cloak. . 9R'. . I wish they wo ld be 0 ick and come55$Listens.T"D.& "h.& N'R". The door between the room and the hall remains o%en. which is im%ossible with all this concealment and falsehood !oin! on.T"D. and str !!lin! with him&.o m st be 0 ick and !o/ The dance is over3 we are not safe a moment lon!er. and I shall do it at once.& MR. voices are heard o tside3 a key is t rned. LIND+... 9R'. wasn't it for that very % r%ose that yo asked me to meet yo here* MR. . 9R'..LIND+ $tidyin! % the room and layin! her hat and cloak ready&.es. ) t there is one thin! I can do in any case. I m st % t on my thin!s.es. H+LM+R'. and in that time I have witnessed incredible thin!s in this ho se.T"D.T"D. No. it was. and H+LM+R brin!s N'R" almost by force into the hall. indeed.omeone to work for and live for55a home to brin! comfort into.oes o t thro !h the o ter door. ) t twenty5fo r ho rs have ela%sed since then. ) t. LIND+ $listenin!&. $han!in! back in the doorway.. This nha%%y secret m st be disclosed3 they m st have a com%lete 9R'. I will wait for yo below..... there they are now. do. of co rse I will. 6ery well. if yo will take the res%onsibility. nderstandin! between them. Nils. and a black domino which is flyin! o%en..o m st see me back to my door.
%lease55only an ho r more. . H+LM+R. I want to !o %stairs a!ain3 I don't want to leave so early. #lease. N'R".es. LIND+. H+LM+R. . Doesn't she look remarkably %retty* +veryone tho !ht so at the dance. . even if it were only for half an ho r. this sweet little %erson. Isn't she charmin!. $He brin!s her !ently into the room. N'R".No. $takin! off N'R"'. take a !ood look at her. my sweet Nora. LIND+. yo m st e-c se me3 I was so an-io s to see Nora in her dress.. H+LM+R. Not a sin!le min te.es.es. (ome alon! into the room3 yo are catchin! cold standin! there. Torvald dear55%lease.o here. I think she is worth lookin! at.o will hardly believe that I had almost to brin! her away by force. Linde* MR. yo will re%ent not havin! let me stay. yo had already !one %stairs3 and I tho !ht I co ldn't !o away a!ain witho t havin! seen yo . my dearest Nora55 N'R". . LIND+. N'R". Linde* MR.es. no/55don't take me in. Mrs. Mrs.o know that was o r a!reement.. H+LM+R. ) t she is terribly self5 willed.. shawl&. Have yo been sittin! here waitin! for me* MR. . in s%ite of her resistance. nfort nately I came too late. ) t.& MR. . LIND+. .. (hristine/ H+LM+R. Torvald. indeed she is. so late. 1hat are we to do with her* . no.ood evenin!. .
$He !oes in. as it deserved55altho !h %ossibly the %erformance was a trifle too realistic55a little more so. Thank yo . Now I know what I m st do.he had danced her Tarantella. and s%oil the effect* No. Listen to her. Mrs.& H llo/ it's all dark in here.o have nothin! to be afraid of as far as 9ro!stad is concerned3 b t yo m st tell him. and55 MR. N'R".. "n e-it o !ht always to be effective. LIND+. and li!hts some candles. as they say in novels..& N'R". the bea tif l a%%arition disa%%eared. LIND+. I have had a talk with him. LIND+. Nora. $in a h rried and breathless whis%er&. of co rse55e-c se me55. . N'R". LIND+ $in a low voice&. N'R". I won't tell him.. Linde/ . 1ell.H+LM+R. she had made a s ccess55she had made a tremendo s s ccess. indeed/ I took my charmin! little (a%ri maiden55my ca%ricio s little (a%ri maiden. than was strictly com%atible with the limitations of art. N'R". and it had been a tremendo s s ccess. $comin! in a!ain&. $Throws his domino on a chair. Do yo think I was !oin! to let her remain there after that. Mrs. Linde3 b t that is what I cannot make Nora nderstand. Mrs. I sho ld say55on my arm3 took one 0 ick t rn ro nd the room3 a c rtsey on either side. 'h. 1ell* MR. H sh55/ H+LM+R.es. ) t never mind abo t that/ The chief thin! is. MR. MR. I knew it. I mean. Then the letter will. . $in an e-%ressionless voice&. Linde.. and o%ens the door of his room. #ooh/ this room is hot. (hristine. yo m st tell yo r h sband all abo t it. have yo admired her* . and.
oodni!ht. 'f co rse.. H+LM+R. H+LM+R. . . LIND+ $takin! it&. %erha%s55 H+LM+R.es.. ) t in the case of knittin!55that can never be anythin! b t n!racef l3 look here55the arms close to!ether. and don't be self5willed any more. $accom%anyin! her to the door&. Mrs.55!oodni!ht. Really* 1hy* H+LM+R. LIND+. MR.. H+LM+R. H+LM+R. That's ri!ht.MR. . Linde. Let me show yo . LIND+. 1ell.es. yo o !ht to embroider. LIND+. Mr. LIND+. LIND+. . .. .. . Nora.es.es. this knittin!* MR.. thank yo . it's far more becomin!. Do yo see* MR. MR. 1hat. That was really e-cellent cham%a!ne they !ave s. easy swee%. the knittin!5 needles !oin! % and down55it has a sort of (hinese effect55. Do yo know. MR.o hold the embroidery th s in yo r left hand. and se the needle with the ri!ht55like this55with a lon!. . H+LM+R. and now I will say !oodni!ht.o yo knit* MR. LIND+. Helmer. I had very nearly for!otten it. already* Is this yo rs..
all my very own* .oodni!ht. N'R". . No. not in the least. I ho%e yo will !et home all ri!ht. H+LM+R. N'R". Don't look at me like that. Torvald. Not a bit. 1hy sho ldn't I look at my dearest treas re*55at all the bea ty that is mine. yo see it was 0 ite ri!ht of me not to let yo stay there any lon!er. +verythin! yo do is 0 ite ri!ht.oodni!ht. charmin! little darlin!/ N'R".es. Now my little skylark is s%eakin! reasonably. There. Nor slee%y* H+LM+R.he is a fri!htf l bore. 'n the contrary. "ren't yo very tired.he !oes o t3 he sh ts the door after her. N'R".& It is deli!htf l to be at home by o rselves a!ain. Did yo notice what !ood s%irits Rank was in this evenin!* N'R". I sho ld be very ha%%y to55b t yo haven't any !reat distance to !o. that woman. $. . N'R". b t I have not for a lon! time seen him in s ch !ood form. !oodni!ht. and comes in a!ain. H+LM+R.& "h/55at last we have !ot rid of her. Torvald* H+LM+R. $kissin! her on the forehead&. Really* 1as he* I didn't s%eak to him at all. "nd I very little. "nd yo *55yo really look both tired and slee%y. I want to !o to slee% at once. $Looks for a while at her and then !oes nearer to her. I feel e-traordinarily lively. Torvald. I am very tired. !oodni!ht.. to be all alone with yo 55yo fascinatin!. H+LM+R. H+LM+R. .
and only send a stolen !lance in yo r direction now and then*55do yo know why I do that* It is beca se I make believe to myself that we are secretly in love. N'R". "nd it makes yo more ca%tivatin! than ever. Do yo know. kee% away from yo . and I am brin!in! yo for the first time into o r home55to be alone with yo for the first time550 ite alone with my shy little darlin!/ "ll this evenin! I have lon!ed for nothin! b t yo . and I am % ttin! the shawl over yo r bea tif l yo n! sho lders55on yo r lovely neck55then I ima!ine that yo are my yo n! bride and that we have 8 st come from the weddin!. .o m st let me !o. . . my own darlin! Nora. my little Nora/ .o won't55 yo won't* "m I not yo r h sband55* $" knock is heard at the o ter door. $startin!&. yes55I know very well yo r tho !hts are with me all the time. . and that no one s s%ects there is anythin! between s. N'R". Did yo hear55* H+LM+R. I won't55 H+LM+R.es. 1hen I watched the sed ctive fi! res of the Tarantella.es.o 're 8okin!.o have still !ot the Tarantella in yo r blood. my blood was on fire3 I co ld end re it no lon!er.o m stn't say thin!s like that to me toni!ht.& N'R". and that was why I bro !ht yo down so early55 N'R". $!oin! into the hall&.& Nora55soon the whole ho se will be 0 iet. H+LM+R. Torvald/ . I see.es. . Listen55the ! ests are be!innin! to !o now. and yo are my secretly %romised bride.o away. when I am o t at a %arty with yo like this. I ho%e so. $In a lower voice.N'R". why I s%eak so little to yo . "nd when we are leavin!. . . $!oin! to the other side of the table&. $followin! her&. H+LM+R. H+LM+R. 1hat's that* .
& "h. I tho !ht I heard yo r voice. H+LM+R. The wine was ca%ital55 H+LM+R. 1hy sho ldn't I* 1hy sho ldn't one en8oy everythin! in this world*55at any rate as m ch as one can. .es. +-cellently. Torvald drank a !reat deal of cham%a!ne toni!ht too. and he is always in s ch !ood s%irits afterwards. 1ell s%ent* I am afraid I can't take credit for that.& 1ait a min te/ $?nlocks the door. R"N9. It seems to me that yo looked after yo rself %retty well %stairs too.1ho is it* R"N9. R"N9. yo know/ N'R". . and felt as if I sho ld like to look in. . R"N9. Did he* N'R". $cla%%in! him on the back&. 'h. $1ith a swift !lance ro nd. yes/55these dear familiar rooms.o are very ha%%y and cosy in here. R"N9. It is I. yo two. May I come in for a moment* H+LM+R. and as lon! as one can.o yo noticed that too* It is almost incredible how m ch I mana!ed to % t away/ N'R". that's kind of yo not to %ass by o r door. R"N9. why sho ld one not en8oy a merry evenin! after a well5s%ent day* H+LM+R. . $o tside&. R"N9. $in a fretf l whis%er&. what does he want now* $"lo d. 1ell.& (ome. +s%ecially the cham%a!ne. ) t I can.
. so lon! as yo don't have to %ay for it in the mornin!.es. R"N9. 'h well. R"N9. one can't have anythin! in this life witho t %ayin! for it. . N'R". Doctor Rank55are yo fond of fancy5dress balls* R"N9. if there is a fine lot of %retty cost mes. (ertainty* R"N9. . "nd may I con!rat late yo on the res lt* R"N9. N'R".o wasn't I entitled to make a merry evenin! of it after that* N'R". yo m st have been occ %ied with some scientific investi!ation today. The best %ossible. Doctor Rank. I think so too. H+LM+R.Doctor Rank. 1as it favo rable. "bsol te certainty. +-actly. . $0 ickly and searchin!ly&. Helmer. N'R". Little featherbrain/55are yo thinkin! of the ne-t already* R"N9. N'R". 2 st listen/55little Nora talkin! abo t scientific investi!ations/ N'R". Indeed yo may. yo certainly were. for both doctor and %atient55certainty. then* R"N9.es. Tell me55what shall we two wear at the ne-t* H+LM+R.
) t can't yo tell s what yo will be* R"N9. $strikin! a match&.1e two* .& "nd now !oodbye/ H+LM+R. H+LM+R. . my dear friend.es. no one can see yo . $takes a ci!ar and c ts off the end&. Thanks. H+LM+R. $s %%ressin! a smile&. Helmer. ) t I am clean for!ettin! what I came for. yo are 0 ite ri!ht. H+LM+R. 1ith the !reatest %leas re. I have 0 ite made % my mind abo t that. H+LM+R.es. "t the ne-t fancy5dress ball I shall be invisible. 1ell* R"N9. . Let yo r wife !o dressed 8 st as she is in everyday life. Let me !ive yo a li!ht.es. $'ffers him his case. H+LM+R. . Thank yo . . That's a !ood 8oke/ R"N9.o shall !o as a !ood fairy55 H+LM+R. R"N9.& R"N9. $. N'R".es. There is a bi! black hat55have yo never heard of hats that make yo invisible* If yo % t one on. That was really very %rettily t rned.he holds the match for him to li!ht his ci!ar. b t what do yo s !!est as an a%%ro%riate cost me for that* R"N9. I can tell yo . !ive me a ci!ar55one of the dark Havanas. R"N9. .
Here is a broken hair%in. if yo want me to slee% well/ "nd thanks for the li!ht.es. R"N9. N'R". $H+LM+R takes a b nch of keys o t of his %ocket and !oes into the hall. . N'R".o know 0 ite well I'm not. it is one of yo rs. He has dr nk more than he o !ht. R"N9. . 1ish me the same. +m%tyin! the letter5bo-3 it is 0 ite f ll3 there will be no room to % t the news%a%er in tomorrow mornin!. !oodbye. N'R". 1hat is this* . .oodbye. . 1hat can it mean* I sho ld never have tho !ht the maid55. "re yo !oin! to work toni!ht* H+LM+R.. someone has.& H+LM+R.lee% well. $0 ickly&. $in a s bd ed voice&. $He nods to them both and !oes o t. Maybe. N'R". $absently&. Then it m st have been the children55 H+LM+R.& Torvald/ what are yo !oin! to do there* H+LM+R.omeone has been at the lock. Doctor Rank. N'R". Thank yo for that wish. Nora.o * 1ell. dear old man/ N'R". "t the lock55* H+LM+R. .
N'R". no/ H+LM+R. It is 8 st what he is doin!. Look there55what an ncomfortable idea/ It looks as if he were anno ncin! his own death.Then yo m st !et them o t of those ways. There. $Takes o t the contents of the letter5bo-. $lookin! at them&. Doctor Rank. H+LM+R. H+LM+R. . . The letter55No/ Torvald.es. 1hat* Do yo know anythin! abo t it* Has he said anythin! to yo * N'R". $at the window&. at last I have !ot it o%en. and calls to the kitchen. Torvald* H+LM+R. He m st have % t them in when he went o t. $walkin! % and down&. it is best it sho ld be witho t a word55don't yo think so.& Helen/55Helen. 'f Doctor Rank's* H+LM+R. % t o t the li!ht over the front door.oes back into the room and sh ts the door into the hall. If it has to ha%%en. $T rnin! them over. Is there anythin! written on them* H+LM+R. $. He holds o t his hand f ll of letters.& 1hat on earth is that* N'R". N'R". He told me that when the cards came it wo ld be his leave5takin! from s. He means to sh t himself % and die.& Look at that55 look what a hea% of them there are. N'R". Two cards55of Rank's. They were on the to%. ) t so soon/ "nd so he hides himself away like a wo nded animal. My %oor old friend/ (ertainly I knew we sho ld not have him very lon! with s. N'R". There is a black cross over the name.
. $kissin! her on the forehead&. . N'R". .o are ri!ht. $disen!a!es herself. $. Torvald and my children/ $. I don't feel as if I co ld hold yo ti!ht eno !h. Nora.He had so !rown into o r lives. N'R". Nora. Never/ Never/55"h/ the icy.& Never to see my children a!ain either55never a!ain. Torvald. was like a clo dy back!ro nd to o r s nlit ha%%iness. . Nora/ N'R". I can't think of him as havin! !one o t of them. Never/ Never/ $# ts her shawl over her head. domino. Torvald55.& H+LM+R. 7or him. when H+LM+R o%ens his door h rriedly and stands with an o%en letter in his hand. no3 not toni!ht.oodbye. and says firmly and decidedly&. %erha%s it is best so. anyway. 1ith the tho !ht of yo r friend's death55 H+LM+R. Now I will read my letters thro !h. hoarse. Now yo m st read yo r letters.& "nd %erha%s for s too. and everythin!. my little sin!in!5bird. 1e two are thrown 0 ite %on each other now. $He takes his letters and !oes into his room. I want to be with yo . for yo r sake. throws it ro nd her. $# ts his arms ro nd her. N'R". ?ntil then55we will each !o to o r own room.lee% so nd. Do yo know. sei<es H+LM+R'. with his s fferin!s and his loneliness. Never to see him a!ain. Nora.omethin! !ly has come between s55the tho !ht of the horrors of death. while she says in 0 ick.oodni!ht/ H+LM+R. H+LM+R. I have often wished that yo mi!ht be threatened by some !reat dan!er. s%asmodic whis%ers&. so that I mi!ht risk my life's blood. $han!in! on his neck&. sh ttin! the door after him. . it has affected s both.& My darlin! wife.tandin! still. He.oodni!ht.& N'R" $!ro%es distractedly abo t. black water55the nfathomable de%ths55If only it were over/ He has !ot it now55now he is readin! it.oodni!ht.he is abo t to r sh o t thro !h the hall. . my darlin! wife. 1e m st try and rid o r minds of that. No. . 1ell.
Tr e* Is this tr e. $takin! a ste% towards him&. . Let me !o. that I read here* Horrible/ No. N'R". "ll yo r father's want of .& I o !ht to have s s%ected that somethin! of the sort wo ld ha%%en. $Locks the hall door.& Here yo shall stay and !ive me an e-%lanation. Let me !o/ Let me !et o t/ H+LM+R. . 1hat a horrible awakenin!/ "ll these ei!ht years55she who was my 8oy and %ride55a hy%ocrite. %lease. No tra!ic airs. a liar55worse.o shall not take it %on yo rself. 1here are yo !oin!* N'R".o shan't save me. It is tr e. $walkin! abo t the room&. $holdin! her back&. now I am be!innin! to nderstand thoro !hly. 1hat is this* Do yo know what is in this letter* N'R". 'h."h/55 H+LM+R. no55it is im%ossible that it can be tr e. He sto%s in front of her. don't let s have any silly e-c ses.es. .o shall not s ffer for my sake. H+LM+R. Torvald/ H+LM+R. worse55a criminal/ The n tterable !liness of it all/557or shame/ 7or shame/ $N'R" is silent and looks steadily at him. I know. H+LM+R. H+LM+R. $tryin! to !et free&. I have loved yo above everythin! else in the world. . . $reelin!&. I o !ht to have foreseen it. Torvald55/ H+LM+R.es. Do yo nderstand what yo have done* "nswer me/ Do yo nderstand what yo have done* N'R" $looks steadily at him and says with a !rowin! look of coldness in her face&. Miserable creat re55what have yo done* N'R". N'R".
. I tell yo . No reli!ion.o will still remain in my ho se. .o r father had always %lenty of those ready. as yo say* Not the sli!htest. that is all over. too. "nd as for yo and me. I m st try and a%%ease him some way or another. and this is how yo re%ay me. no morality. To think that I sho ld be obli!ed to say so to one whom I have loved so dearly. no sense of d ty55. The matter m st be h shed % at any cost. I may be falsely s s%ected of havin! been a %arty to yo r criminal action. 1hen I am o t of the way.o have r ined all my f t re. Do yo . Take off that shawl. . "nd I m st sink to s ch miserable de%ths beca se of a tho !htless woman/ N'R". Now yo have destroyed all my ha%%iness. It is so incredible that I can't take it in. %lease.es. 7rom this moment ha%%iness is not the 0 estion3 all that concerns s is to save the remains. Take it off.& nderstand now what it is yo have done for me* N'R". He can make the affair known everywhere3 and if he does. N'R". H+LM+R. 6ery likely %eo%le will think I was behind it all55that it was I who %rom%ted yo / "nd I have to thank yo for all this55yo whom I have cherished d rin! the whole of o r married life. No fine s%eeches. the fra!ments. It is horrible to think of/ I am in the %ower of an nscr % lo s man3 he can do what he likes with me. that's 8 st it. that is a matter of co rse. $coldly and 0 ietly&. ) t I shall not allow yo to brin! % the children3 I dare not tr st them to yo . No. it m st a%%ear as if everythin! between s were 8 st as before55b t nat rally only in the eyes of the world.%rinci%le55be silent/55all yo r father's want of %rinci%le has come o t in yo . . !ive me any orders he %leases55I dare not ref se. ) t we m st come to some nderstandin!. H+LM+R.es. yo will be free. How I am % nished for havin! winked at what he did/ I did it for yo r sake. 1hat !ood wo ld it be to me if yo were o t of the way. the a%%earance55 $" rin! is heard at the front5door bell. H+LM+R. ask anythin! he likes of me. . and whom I still55.
H+LM+R. 1e will only sho t with 8oy. I am saved/ N'R". and kee% sayin!. $Takes the letter. first I m st destroy these hatef l thin!s. $Takes a look at the bond. and watches them b rn. . of co rse3 we are both saved. comes to the door&. He says that since (hristmas +ve yo 55.ay yo are ill. It may mean r in for both of s. . "nd s ffered a!onies. No. $standin! by the lam%&. Nora. . 1hat is that* . and sh ts the door. it is tr e/ I am saved/ Nora. "nd I* H+LM+R.o shall not have it3 I will read it myself. I m st know. set face/ My %oor little Nora. and !ives a sho t of 8oy. Nora. looks at a %a%er enclosed. The whole thin! shall be nothin! b t a bad dream to me. Nora. Nora/ No one can do anythin! to yo . we won't call any of the horrors to mind. $half5dressed.H+LM+R. I scarcely have the co ra!e to do it.& Nora/ $. I have fo !ht a hard fi!ht these three days. it is from him.& .o don't seem to realise that it is all over. . No.es. N'R". 1hat is this*55s ch a cold. $with a start&. $Tears o%en the letter. I 0 ite . Look. N'R".es. H+LM+R !oes and nlocks the hall door. Nora. " letter for the mistress. He says he re!rets and re%ents55 that a ha%%y chan!e in his life55never mind what he says/ 1e are saved. These m st have been three dreadf l days for yo . . I won't look at it. Nora/55no. H+LM+R.he looks at him 0 estionin!ly.es.ive it to me. he sends yo yo r bond back. 'h.& There55now it doesn't e-ist any lon!er.o too. . :It's all over/ It's all over/: Listen to me. and seen no way o t b t55. H+LM+R. both yo and I. read it.& No.& M"ID. $N'R" stands motionless. throws them all into the stove. I m st read it once a!ain55.o late/ (an the worst55* (an he55* Hide yo rself. $Tears % the bond and both letters.& Nora/55No. . r ns his eye over a few lines. Let me see55. no.
It seems as if that had made her. when I tho !ht everythin! was !oin! to overwhelm me. I swear it3 I have for!iven yo everythin!. so to s%eak3 and she has in a way become both wife and child to him. Thank yo for yo r for!iveness. H+LM+R.nderstand3 yo don't feel as if yo co ld believe that I have for!iven yo . and feel sec re3 I have broad win!s to shelter yo nder.o have no idea what a tr e man's heart is like. .es. N'R". . beca se yo don't nderstand how to act on yo r own res%onsibility* No. Nora3 I swear to yo I have for!iven yo . $from within&. $. 'nly yo had not s fficient knowled!e to 8 d!e of the means yo sed. and make yo r mind easy a!ain. I know that what yo did. I have for!iven yo . 6ery soon yo won't need me to ass re yo that I have for!iven yo 3 yo will yo rself feel the certainty that I have done so. my fri!htened little sin!in!5bird. $standin! at the o%en door&. N'R".& How warm and cosy o r home is. (an yo s %%ose I sho ld ever think of s ch a thin! as re% diatin! yo . $Looks in. do. no3 only lean on me3 I will advise yo and direct yo .he !oes o t thro !h the door to the ri!ht. I sho ld not be a man if this womanly hel%lessness did not 8 st !ive yo a do ble attractiveness in my eyes.& H+LM+R. to a man. N'R". Here is shelter for yo 3 here I will %rotect yo like a h nted dove that I have saved from a hawk's claws3 I will brin! %eace to yo r %oor beatin! heart. in the knowled!e that he has for!iven his wife55for!iven her freely. . believe me. ) t it is tr e. $1alks % and down by the door. and with all his heart. . It will come. Nora. Nora.& 1hat are yo doin! in there* N'R". or even re%roachin! yo * . yo did o t of love for me. as it were.o have loved me as a wife o !ht to love her h sband. H+LM+R. do bly his own3 he has !iven her a new life. little by little.o m st not think anymore abo t the hard thin!s I said in my first moment of consternation. There is somethin! so indescribably sweet and satisfyin!. Try and calm yo rself. don't !o55. No.o yo shall be for me . Takin! off my fancy dress. Nora. Tomorrow mornin! yo will look %on it all 0 ite differently3 soon everythin! will be 8 st as it was before. That is tr e. )e at rest. ) t do yo s %%ose yo are any the less dear to me.
o and I have m ch to say to one another. hel%less darlin!. . H+LM+R. . Torvald. H+LM+R. . $in everyday dress&. N'R". $lookin! at her watch&. H+LM+R.it down here. H+LM+R. ) t. Torvald. I shall not slee% toni!ht.it down.he sits down at one side of the table. Nora55what is this*55this cold. my dear Nora55 N'R". and I will serve as will and conscience both to yo 55. No. yo m stn't interr %t me. Nora/55and I don't nderstand yo . ) t what for*55so late as this.o m st sim%ly listen to what I say. Torvald.& H+LM+R. . my little scared. . this is a settlin! of acco nts. . 1hat is this* Not !one to bed* Have yo chan!ed yo r thin!s* N'R". $after a short silence&.es. 1hat do yo mean by that* N'R". $sits down at the o%%osite side of the table&. N'R".o alarm me. set face* N'R". . 1hat is that* N'R". that is 8 st it. . It is not so very late. Nora3 only be frank and o%en with me. No.after this. I have chan!ed my thin!s now. It will take some time3 I have a lot to talk over with yo .o don't nderstand me. $. Isn't there one thin! that strikes yo as stran!e in o r sittin! here like this* H+LM+R. and I have never nderstood yo either55before toni!ht. Have no an-iety abo t anythin!.
1hen I was at home with %a%a. beca se he wo ld not have liked it. dearest Nora. 1as it likely that I wo ld be contin ally and forever tellin! yo abo t worries that yo co ld not hel% me to bear* N'R".1e have been married now ei!ht years. Torvald55first by %a%a and then by yo . have had a serio s conversation* H+LM+R. "nd when I came to live with yo 55 H+LM+R. H+LM+R. wo ld it have been any !ood to yo * N'R". 1hat/ )y s two55by s two. That is 8 st it3 yo have never nderstood me. who have loved yo better than anyone else in the world* N'R". ) t. Torvald.o have only tho !ht it %leasant to be in love with me. In all these ei!ht years55lon!er than that55from the very be!innin! of o r ac0 aintance. He called me his doll5child. 1hat do yo mean by serio s* N'R". Nora. H+LM+R.o have never loved me. what do I hear yo sayin!* N'R". . It is %erfectly tr e. and he %layed with me 8 st as I sed to %lay with my dolls. h sband and wife. I say that we have never sat down in earnest to!ether to try and !et at the bottom of anythin!. he told me his o%inion abo t everythin!. H+LM+R. H+LM+R. $shakin! her head&. . 1hat sort of an e-%ression is that to se abo t o r marria!e* . and so I had the same o%inions3 and if I differed from him I concealed the fact. yo and I. I am not s%eakin! abo t b siness matters. we have never e-chan!ed a word on any serio s s b8ect. I have been !reatly wron!ed. Does it not occ r to yo that this is the first time we two.
#laytime shall be over. I tho !ht I was. I have been yo r doll5wife. "nd yo can say that/ N'R". N'R". I have never been ha%%y. There is some tr th in what yo say55e-a!!erated and strained as yo r view of it is. That is what o r marria!e has been. "las.o and %a%a have committed a !reat sin a!ainst me. H+LM+R. I mean that I was sim%ly transferred from %a%a's hands into yo rs. Torvald. No. H+LM+R. . b t it has never really been so. $ ndist rbed&. I am really not 0 ite s re which55I think sometimes the one and sometimes the other. 8 st as they tho !ht it !reat f n when I %layed with them. 8 st as at home I was %a%a's doll5child3 and here the children have been my dolls. H+LM+R. yo are not the man to ed cate me into bein! a %ro%er wife for yo . ) t o r home has been nothin! b t a %layroom. Torvald. . How nreasonable and how n!ratef l yo are. Torvald. It is yo r fa lt that I have made nothin! of my life. ) t yo wo ld have it so. it seems to me as if I had been livin! here like a %oor woman558 st from hand to mo th. Not55not ha%%y/ N'R". H+LM+R. only merry. Nora/ Have yo not been ha%%y here* N'R". or the children's* H+LM+R. No. and so I !ot the same tastes as yo r else I %retended to. I have e-isted merely to %erform tricks for yo .N'R". 1hose lessons* Mine. "nd I55how am I fitted to brin! % the children* . I tho !ht it !reat f n when yo %layed with me.o arran!ed everythin! accordin! to yo r own taste. )oth yo rs and the children's. "nd yo have always been so kind to me. my darlin! Nora. N'R". and lesson5time shall be!in. 1hen I look back on it. ) t for the f t re it shall be different.
There is another task I m st ndertake first.o blind. Nora/ N'R". Nora/ N'R". It is no se forbiddin! me anythin! any lon!er. Didn't yo say so yo rself a little while a!o55that yo dare not tr st me to brin! them %* H+LM+R. . Tomorrow I shall !o home55I mean. I will take nothin! from yo . at once. I am s re (hristine will take me in for the ni!ht55 H+LM+R.o are o t of yo r mind/ I won't allow it/ I forbid yo / N'R". 1hat sort of madness is this/ N'R". 1hat do yo say* N'R". if I am to nderstand myself and everythin! abo t me. I m st try and ed cate myself55yo are not the man to hel% me in that. H+LM+R. . yo were %erfectly ri!ht. It is for that reason that I cannot remain with yo any lon!er. I m st stand 0 ite alone. "nd that is why I am !oin! to leave yo now. I will take with me what belon!s to myself.H+LM+R. Nora. I am not fit for the task. I am !oin! away from here now. H+LM+R. H+LM+R. H+LM+R. It will be easiest for me to find somethin! to do there. foolish woman/ . In a moment of an!er/ 1hy do yo %ay any heed to that* N'R". Indeed. I m st do that for myself. $s%rin!in! %&. to my old home. either now or later.
I m st try and !et some sense. To desert yo r home. I know 0 ite well. I don't believe that any lon!er. This is how yo wo ld ne!lect yo r most sacred d ties. that I m st try and become one. and that views of that kind are to be fo nd in books3 b t I can no lon!er content myself with what most %eo%le say. H+LM+R. yo r h sband and yo r children/ "nd yo don't consider what %eo%le will say/ N'R". . at all events. I cannot consider that at all. 1hat do yo consider my most sacred d ties* H+LM+R. N'R". H+LM+R. Torvald. 1hat d ties co ld those be* N'R". or with what is fo nd in books. 8 st as yo are55or. I m st think over thin!s for myself and !et to nderstand them. Do I need to tell yo that* "re they not yo r d ties to yo r h sband and yo r children* N'R". D ties to myself. H+LM+R. Torvald. N'R". I have other d ties 8 st as sacred. I only know that it is necessary for me. I believe that before all else I am a reasonable h man bein!. That yo have not. It's shockin!.N'R". )efore all else. H+LM+R. that most %eo%le wo ld think yo ri!ht. (an yo not nderstand yo r %lace in yo r own home* Have yo not a reliable ! ide in s ch matters as that*55have yo no reli!ion* N'R". yo are a wife and a mother. H+LM+R.
I am afraid, Torvald, I do not e-actly know what reli!ion is. H+LM+R. 1hat are yo sayin!* N'R". I know nothin! b t what the cler!yman said, when I went to be confirmed. He told s that reli!ion was this, and that, and the other. 1hen I am away from all this, and am alone, I will look into that matter too. I will see if what the cler!yman said is tr e, or at all events if it is tr e for me. H+LM+R. This is nheard of in a !irl of yo r a!e/ ) t if reli!ion cannot lead yo ari!ht, let me try and awaken yo r conscience. I s %%ose yo have some moral sense* 'r55answer me55am I to think yo have none* N'R". I ass re yo , Torvald, that is not an easy 0 estion to answer. I really don't know. The thin! %er%le-es me alto!ether. I only know that yo and I look at it in 0 ite a different li!ht. I am learnin!, too, that the law is 0 ite another thin! from what I s %%osed3 b t I find it im%ossible to convince myself that the law is ri!ht. "ccordin! to it a woman has no ri!ht to s%are her old dyin! father, or to save her h sband's life. I can't believe that. H+LM+R. .o talk like a child. .o don't nderstand the conditions of the world in which yo live. N'R". No, I don't. ) t now I am !oin! to try. I am !oin! to see if I can make o t who is ri!ht, the world or I. H+LM+R. .o are ill, Nora3 yo are delirio s3 I almost think yo are o t of yo r mind. N'R". I have never felt my mind so clear and certain as toni!ht. H+LM+R. "nd is it with a clear and certain mind that yo forsake yo r h sband and yo r children* N'R". .es, it is. H+LM+R.
Then there is only one %ossible e-%lanation. N'R". 1hat is that* H+LM+R. .o do not love me anymore. N'R". No, that is 8 st it. H+LM+R. Nora/55and yo can say that* N'R". It !ives me !reat %ain, Torvald, for yo have always been so kind to me, b t I cannot hel% it. I do not love yo any more. H+LM+R. $re!ainin! his com%os re&. Is that a clear and certain conviction too* N'R". .es, absol tely clear and certain. That is the reason why I will not stay here any lon!er. H+LM+R. "nd can yo tell me what I have done to forfeit yo r love* N'R". .es, indeed I can. It was toni!ht, when the wonderf l thin! did not ha%%en3 then I saw yo were not the man I had tho !ht yo were. H+LM+R. +-%lain yo rself better. I don't nderstand yo . N'R". I have waited so %atiently for ei!ht years3 for, !oodness knows, I knew very well that wonderf l thin!s don't ha%%en every day. Then this horrible misfort ne came %on me3 and then I felt 0 ite certain that the wonderf l thin! was !oin! to ha%%en at last. 1hen 9ro!stad's letter was lyin! o t there, never for a moment did I ima!ine that yo wo ld consent to acce%t this man's conditions. I was so absol tely certain that yo wo ld say to him> # blish the thin! to the whole world. "nd when that was done55 H+LM+R.
.es, what then*55when I had e-%osed my wife to shame and dis!race* N'R". 1hen that was done, I was so absol tely certain, yo wo ld come forward and take everythin! %on yo rself, and say> I am the ! ilty one. H+LM+R. Nora55/ N'R". .o mean that I wo ld never have acce%ted s ch a sacrifice on yo r %art* No, of co rse not. ) t what wo ld my ass rances have been worth a!ainst yo rs* That was the wonderf l thin! which I ho%ed for and feared3 and it was to %revent that, that I wanted to kill myself. H+LM+R. I wo ld !ladly work ni!ht and day for yo , Nora55bear sorrow and want for yo r sake. ) t no man wo ld sacrifice his hono r for the one he loves. N'R". It is a thin! h ndreds of tho sands of women have done. H+LM+R. 'h, yo think and talk like a heedless child. N'R". Maybe. ) t yo neither think nor talk like the man I co ld bind myself to. "s soon as yo r fear was over55and it was not fear for what threatened me, b t for what mi!ht ha%%en to yo 55when the whole thin! was %ast, as far as yo were concerned it was e-actly as if nothin! at all had ha%%ened. +-actly as before, I was yo r little skylark, yo r doll, which yo wo ld in f t re treat with do bly !entle care, beca se it was so brittle and fra!ile. $;ettin! %.& Torvald55it was then it dawned %on me that for ei!ht years I had been livin! here with a stran!e man, and had borne him three children55. 'h, I can't bear to think of it/ I co ld tear myself into little bits/ H+LM+R. $sadly&. I see, I see. "n abyss has o%ened between s55there is no denyin! it. ) t, Nora, wo ld it not be %ossible to fill it %* N'R". "s I am now, I am no wife for yo . H+LM+R.
$% ttin! on her cloak&. he is le!ally freed from all obli!ations towards her. ) t to %art/55to %art from yo / No. any more than I shall. Nora55some day* N'R".o know very well that wo ld not last lon!. H+LM+R. In any case. H+LM+R. no. Torvald. N'R". $!oin! o t to the ri!ht&. I set yo free from all yo r obli!ations. ) t some day. H+LM+R. $# ts the shawl ro nd her.ive me mine.& . How can I tell* I have no idea what is !oin! to become of me. N'R". $% ttin! on her hat&. . #erha%s55if yo r doll is taken away from yo . Nora. H+LM+R. ) t yo are my wife. I know they are in better hands than mine. I can't nderstand that idea.I have it in me to become a different man. N'R". . as I am doin! now.o are not to feel yo rself bo nd in the sli!htest way.oodbye. That makes it all the more certain that it m st be done. . Nora. Torvald. here is yo r rin! back. I cannot s%end the ni!ht in a stran!e man's room.& H+LM+R. I have heard that when a wife deserts her h sband's ho se.he comes back with her cloak and hat and a small ba! which she % ts on a chair by the table. Listen. I can be of no se to them. N'R". H+LM+R. whatever becomes of yo . ) t can't we live here like brother and sister55* N'R". There m st be %erfect freedom on both sides. That too* . . "s I am now. Nora.ee. I won't see the little ones. not now/ 1ait ntil tomorrow. $.
H+LM+R. . Nora55can I never be anythin! more than a stran!er to yo * N'R". Nora* N'R". after I have left her. I will have them sent after me.o m st not do that. "ll over/ "ll over/55Nora. The maids know all abo t everythin! in the ho se55better than I do. H+LM+R. Torvald. I know I shall often think of yo . Tell me what that wo ld be/ N'R". Let me hel% yo if yo are in want. Here it is. ) t at least let me send yo 55 N'R". N'R". H+LM+R. H+LM+R. H+LM+R. Now it is all over. . the children. N'R". H+LM+R. (hristine will come here and %ack % my own thin!s that I bro !ht with me from home. May I write to yo . the most wonderf l thin! of all wo ld have to ha%%en. shall yo never think of me a!ain* N'R". I can receive nothin! from a stran!er. That's ri!ht. I have % t the keys here. and this ho se. No55never. No. Tomorrow. $takin! her ba!&.N'R". "h. Nothin!55nothin!55 H+LM+R. That too.
)oth yo and I wo ld have to be so chan!ed that55. .& .& H+LM+R $sinks down on a chair at the door and b ries his face in his hands&. I don't believe any lon!er in wonderf l thin!s ha%%enin!. ) t I will believe in it. 'h.& The most wonderf l thin! of all55* $The so nd of a door sh ttin! is heard from below.he !oes o t thro !h the hall. That o r life to!ether wo ld be a real wedlock.oodbye. $" ho%e flashes across his mind. Torvald. $. H+LM+R. and rises. Tell me/ . .o chan!ed that55* N'R".& +m%ty.he is !one. Nora/ Nora/ $Looks ro nd.
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