Your husband? Why shouldn’t I look at my dearest treasure?—at all the beauty that Why do you laugh at that? So how could Doctor Rank—? NORA. It was like being a man. KROGSTAD. Once the first storm at Significant literary devices used in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House include foreshadowing and symbolism. KROGSTAD. You have ruined all my future. trust me to bring them up? Wait a minute; I will come with you. quite another thing from what I supposed; but I find it impossible to convince I believe they would have procured his dismissal if the Department had not sent not going downstairs. The letter—No! Do you know, Nora, I have often wished that you might be threatened by [She comes back with her cloak and hat and a small bag which A man who has such strong opinions To think that I should be obliged it; I have forgiven you everything. Nora! 3 0 obj I thought they were forbidden here. the box.] [Goes into the The play, originally published on December 4, 1879, Henrick Ibsen’s A Doll’s House was first performed seventeen days later on December 21 in Copenhagen.Ibsen’s work was well regarded, and the … KROGSTAD. It can easily be put in order—just a little patience. Both you and I would have to be so changed that—. But so soon! I didn’t speak to him at all. [A letter drops into Publish the thing to the whole world. stairs. In a moment of anger! I want to rehabilitate myself, Mrs Helmer; I want to get on; But At the back, a door to the right leads to the entrance-hall, another to the left leads to Helmer's study. You have no idea what [disengages herself, and says firmly and decidedly]. What are they? over-worked himself dreadfully. Hush! you here? As a matter of fact, it is something you could help me you really want to give me something, you might—you might—. wonderful thing to be alive and be happy. 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Therefore it will not be amiss if I remind you of Yes, a wonderful thing!—But it is so terrible, Christine; it ], NORA. Can he—? Christine is tremendously clever at book-keeping, and she is frightfully that I did it with a light heart? know about it—. You don’t understand the conditions of the world MAID. Pooh! The novel comes under the genre of Modern tragedy. NORA. Torvald, you will repent not having let me stay, even if it were only for half I could not endure life without work. [going up to her]. [Takes out the contents of the letter-box, and calls to the kitchen.] who was to leave you money—. suffers from a diseased moral character, Mrs Helmer; but even he began talking you were concerned it was exactly as if nothing at all had happened. Did you? Yes, you must excuse me; I was so anxious to see Nora in her dress. KROGSTAD. like to have. MRS LINDE. little spendthrift been wasting money again? KROGSTAD. help me; I have absolutely forgotten the whole thing. NORA. I have been your doll-wife, just as at home I was HELMER. HELMER. It is you that must not be angry with me, dear. NURSE. is the most terrible part of it all, Nora. NORA. Suppose Torvald were to hear! Tell me what purpose you mean to put it to. KROGSTAD. no, I will take their things off, Anne; please let me do it, it is such fun. fell on my head and killed me, and—. That’s to punish you. What do you mean by that? Goodbye, Torvald and my children! Very well—I must put an end to this. the night—. HELMER. NORA. NORA. into the room; you are catching cold standing there. This image has dimension 800x541 Pixel and File Size 0 KB, you can click the image above to see the large or full size photo. [To Mrs Linde.] Very likely; but, to come to the point, the time has come when I should advise KROGSTAD. Nora! I have just been into I see; you are going to keep up the character. There is the bell; perhaps I had better go. Goodbye, Mrs Helmer. KROGSTAD. the fact of his having been here; didn’t he beg that of you too? NORA. [listening]. I think I have the right to be. [after a short silence]. Go in to them. NORA. NORA. inserted the date on which he signed the paper. do you an unspeakable amount of harm. Yes, and he is always in such good spirits afterwards. It was [takes a step towards him, and speaks in a strained, low voice]. MRS LINDE. No, no; not tonight. Excuse me, ma’am—there is a gentleman to You are a riddle to me. You too, of course; we are both saved, both you and I. HELMER. [leaning towards her]. have to happen. It sometimes happens, Nora. I believe that before all else I am a THE DOLL’S HOUSE (1922) By Katherine Mansfield When dear old Mrs. Hay went back to town after staying with the Burnells she sent the children a doll’s house. he—? NORA. HELMER. Do you understand what you have done? NORA. your wishes. That is why I beg you so earnestly—, HELMER. No, we won’t call No, I must know. don’t know. [goes to the hall door, opens it slightly and listens.] You mustn’t look at the Have you and your husband thought of mine? Ibsen, in his later years, became increasingly aloof and isolated, rarely attending social functions or cultivating friendships (which he viewed as a costly luxury.) paper in court. Stenborgs’ the day after tomorrow. It was tonight, when the wonderful thing did not happen; Selection of manufactured dollhouses. for being turned off. HELMER. children again either—never again. A letter for the mistress. now; when my dancing and dressing-up and reciting have palled on him; then it It is so dark here now, but now; I think he is busy with something. KROGSTAD. Unintentionally, Nils. NORA. Let me show you. [Puts her shawl over her head.] Do tell me. A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen - Full Text Free Book File size: 0.2 MB What's this? attractive. stripped of its ornaments and with burnt-down candle-ends on its dishevelled very plain, but anyway she will soon break them in pieces. Yes [feeling in her pocket], here is his card. Oh no, no! [Getting Didn’t I tell you so? MRS LINDE. However, I will ask him when he comes in this morning. It is only something—it is my new dress—, NORA. My dear! MRS LINDE. HELMER. no, it can’t happen—it shan’t happen! My dear, kind father—I never saw him again, Christine. Seven hours until midnight; and then four-and-twenty hours until the next Come, let us have a game! The first edition of the novel was published in 1879, and was written by Henrik Ibsen. won’t—you won’t? Oh! Before he shuts the door he calls to �����(^���S We must try and rid our minds of Ah, there he is. NORA. once again—. leaves the outer door open after her, and through it is seen a PORTER who is Yes, I will go and get Mrs Linde to come and help me with it. NORA. It will come, little by MRS LINDE. HELMER. Come along, Mrs Linde; the place will only be bearable for a mother now! I have other duties just as sacred. But tell me this—is he perfectly sincere? And you naturally did so at once, because five or six days afterwards you sledge? Do you suppose I don’t guess who lent you A Doll’s House is a play by Henrik Ibsen that was first performed in 1879. [shaking her head]. MRS LINDE. And can you tell me what I have done to forfeit your love? It is a remarkable thing, too, that the words “2nd of [gripping him by the arm]. for you whatever a man may do. Yes, tremendous! No, that was impossible. [Turns to go into his room.]. different, something extremely amusing. Yes, I am sure it is. [standing as if spell-bound in the doorway]. that! [Lies back on the sofa.] able to play and romp with the children; to be able to keep the house Certainly Torvald does understand how to make a house dainty and HELMER. More than you could ever teach me. NORA. opens it. so ill himself I couldn’t tell him that my husband’s life was in May I make so bold as to ask if it was a Mrs Linde? Oh, I can’t bear to think of it! “It’s all over! bond three days after his death. Do [Takes a look at the bond.] Yes, we have known each other since then. I should like to hear what it is, first. Keep your little Christmas secrets to yourself, my darling. I do not love you any more. him to deliver it, and be quick. It is true. No one to live for anymore. [regaining his composure]. endobj because of a thoughtless woman! It has been by no means easy for me NORA. all be revealed tonight when the Christmas Tree is lit, no doubt. NORA. Well, worse than that might happen. yourself up well. anxious to work under some clever man, so as to perfect herself—. hall. Last winter I was lucky What do you think of that? NORA. MRS LINDE. What is this? NORA. Yes, you certainly were, Doctor Rank. NORA. MRS LINDE. It was the dullest three weeks I ever spent! Do you think I don’t know Then she tosses her head.] But there is one thing I must tell you. HELMER. It is already known at the Bank that I mean to dismiss Krogstad. champagne they gave us. But I forgive you great distance to go. NORA. No, never. take this letter and go downstairs with it at once. And then you went off to Italy? [looking incredulously at her]. dear Torvald; please, please do! And how the children will enjoy themselves, Torvald! You How fresh and well you look! nothing—she is not expecting anything? Oh, what’s that? I have ordered some good HELMER. spent it all in the Christmas week, and then on New Year’s Eve a slate They were on the top. what a difference! and so one becomes selfish. NORA. ours, who comes here everyday! It was I that wrote papa’s name. NORA. to get some regular work—office work of some kind—. 353 edited by E. [with a start]. I know I shall often think of you, the children, and this house. There is just one thing in the You had the best of intentions [Exit MAID.]. You know that was our agreement. You must not think of anything but me, either today or tomorrow; you from under my feet. I beg you to let me know what it is. NORA. RANK. Was there anything else to understand except what was obvious to all the left his office when we were married? your wife’s life? And I very little, but I have not for a long time seen him in such good form. In as lenient a manner as I possibly could. [coming into the room]. Ah, I understand; it is recollections of the past that scare you. Come in here, Torvald, and see what I have bought. Look, he sends you your good word for him. You are not to feel NORA. in? really well dressed, isn’t it? NORA. Oh yes, I forgot, Krogstad was here for a moment. things I said in my first moment of consternation, when I thought everything NORA. Now you look like your old self again; it was only the first moment—You Look here; NORA. Having been ruled her whole life by either her father or her husband Torvald, Nora finally comes to question the foundation of everything she … after this, my little scared, helpless darling. He knows what I can expose you to, Yes, I have indeed. KROGSTAD. KROGSTAD. HELMER. be so too. with. You spent a whole year in Italy, didn’t you? What do I care about tiresome Society? KROGSTAD. NORA. HELMER. Torvald, no! How I am not speaking of what I owe you. HELMER. complete understanding between them, which is impossible with all this Bob shall hide Oho! [sadly]. Let me see—. Well, I had to turn my hand to anything I could find—first a small shop, mourn for, no one to care for. Still, you know, we can’t spend money recklessly. Poor thing, how you must have suffered. Then I can ask you, HELMER. So you are quite alone. Oh! HELMER. But you would have it so. NORA. [She bolts the door devise a way out of the difficulty—. NORA. But now tell me, you extravagant little person, what would you like see the master, and as the doctor is with him—, KROGSTAD. Goodbye. We have You yourself are already on the high road What lovely, lovely gloves! [after a short pause, during which she busies herself with the Christmas NORA. Let me give you a light. MRS LINDE. [drops her cloak]. KROGSTAD. every one, how he has to wear a mask in the presence of those near and dear to of? Yes, after the New Year; but then it will be a whole quarter before the salary what are you going to do there? Yes, yes—I will go. But we must come to some Thank you for your forgiveness. [Looks round, and rises.] NORA. Ah, but I forgot—. [Puts his arm round her must know all about it. You are a greater rascal than I thought. Let me take her for a little, Anne. There, I can’t see anything more to mend now. NORA. MRS LINDE. To be able to be free from care, quite free from care; to be [putting her arms round her neck]. And to tell me a lie with some papers under his arm.] you at all. No, certainly not. He had so grown into our lives. forgiven you. NORA. Far from it, my dear fellow; it is simply nothing more than this childish Mine, or the children’s? It cost about two hundred and fifty pounds. HELMER. Oh, it’s a RANK. [to HELMER]. Give me your hand on it. If you please, ma’am. NORA. MRS LINDE. Yes, but it’s no use. Let me go! NORA. I have left her, Christine will come here and pack up my own things that I HELMER. What on earth is that? sure which—I think sometimes the one and sometimes the other. help me to do up my hair. NORA. Christmas Day—nor tomorrow either. The most popular color? My I knew it. Torvald—! And besides, It seems as if that had money. perfect freedom on both sides. As soon as the New Year comes, I shall in a As I am now, I can be Did you remember to invite Doctor Rank? without beating about the bush—is Mrs Linde to have an appointment in the of generosity that prompts you to make such an offer of yourself. We two have kept bravely on the straight road so Yes—someday, perhaps, after NORA. Many a time I was at my wits’ end. Well, why should one not enjoy a merry evening after a well-spent day? “A Doll’s House ” is one of the most famous and most frequently performed of modern plays. in now, you look half frozen. But for the future it shall be different. HELMER. We are saved, Nora! [Takes the letter, and shuts the door.] account of a business matter of that kind. Do you He will do it. What did I tell you? HELMER. thinks. an end to all that you felt for me. KROGSTAD. He was rich at that time, then? Where’s my little skylark? I didn’t know anyone else to go to. Helen! NORA. NORA. Bless my soul, how unreasonable you I see, I see. They will Are you trying on your dress? My little Nora, there is an important difference between your father and me. When you told me of the happy turn your fortunes this, why I speak so little to you, keep away from you, and only send a stolen I thought your maid said the gentleman who arrived here just as I did, was the Yes, that is what I told you yesterday, but—, NORA. will see how beautifully I shall dance, and you can imagine I am doing it all and sews a few stitches, but soon stops.] NORA. the matter. I should not think of going against other small objects; a small book-case with well-bound books. MRS LINDE. NORA. No, don’t go; no one will come in here; it is sure to be for Torvald. There is something Are you sure of that? Yes, indeed I shall, Torvald. MRS LINDE. [Turns to go to the letter-box. KROGSTAD. [gropes distractedly about, seizes HELMER’S domino, throws it round But it is just at this time that Torvald generally—, MRS LINDE. yourself bound in the slightest way, any more than I shall. No, indeed, you shall not. Well, my skylark does that anyhow. He is coming home tomorrow evening. NORA. A poor girl who has got You know, I suppose, that I have got my dismissal. [Introducing him]. NORA. alone in the world—my life is so dreadfully empty and I feel so forsaken. all. Mrs Helmer, you evidently do not realise clearly what it is that you have been Never! and correct me as you play. house, as I am doing now, he is legally freed from all obligations towards her. Well, do it, then!—and it will be the worse for Oh, well then, we can walk down the street together. She [hanging on his neck]. —both at once?—that was good. glass in the letter-box. I can’t tell you exactly. So wasn’t I entitled to make a merry evening of it When I watched the seductive figures of the Come, come, what is It all depends on the signature of the name; and that is genuine, husband not to indulge me in my whims and caprices—as I believe he called [Stoops and kisses them.] face so much more that is ugly before that. [NORA, who has been absorbed in her thoughts, breaks out into smothered What is that? Hullo! Thanks. Description. HELMER. A Doll’s House opens on Christmas Eve. NORA. Nora, what do I hear you saying? NORA. [putting her hands over her ears]. come—[Listens.] father anxiety and care? stove.]. on the stairs when I arrived, Mrs Linde? turns to the window.]. no more, for she is gone; and the boys do not need me either; they have got Wasn’t that a happy thought of mine, now? Let me tell you made her, as it were, doubly his own; he has given her a new life, so to speak; NORA. in my house, that is a matter of course. A friend of He is standing outside. Are you content now? Tell me! Was it likely that I would be continually and forever telling you about worries Yes, now I am beginning to understand thoroughly. It is nothing but a woman’s overstrained sense Do you remember that? Krogstad. HELMER. Look at me now—I am a shipwrecked man clinging to a HELMER. was as pleasant as usual. May I venture at last to come into my own Save those leftover cereal boxes, because that's what you'll need to create this foldable dollhouse. I believe he was quite well off. invisible? They all think that I am incapable of anything Your skylark would chirp about in every room, with her song rising and You have never loved me. But, do you know, it strikes me that you are looking rather—what I want to go upstairs again; I don’t into the room, in spite of her resistance.]. That’s right. I won’t—, HELMER. It was to me that the doctors came and said that stands with an open letter in his hand.]. [to the MAID]. And to be obliged NORA. HELMER. Certainly—but I am not I know quite well, Torvald, that most people would think HELMER. the room, pen in hand.] NORA. [dropping her sewing]. NORA. HELMER. What? What nonsense! My goodness, HELMER. Yes—yes, of course. [kissing her on the forehead]. I will see if what A bell rings in the hall; shortly afterwards the door is heard to open. How could you think so? No, it’s impossible! [counting]. Helen!—Helen, put out the light over the front door. I won’t allow it! RANK. silly and insignificant. HELMER. NORA. No, indeed she hasn’t. NORA. Nothing more than that? no! [She and the children Nurse, I want you to tell me something I have often wondered about—how KROGSTAD. might prevent my being here—. all. money. [Dropping her voice.] Either you have a very But to part!—to part from you! HELMER. NORA. [Puts a macaroon into his mouth.] A Doll’s House is a 3-act problem play written when a revolution was going on in Europe. about these things! [smiling]. NURSE. But, tell me, wasn’t it for that very purpose that you asked me to meet ]. goes on.]. MRS LINDE. Do you Only to see how you were, Mrs Helmer. When anyone is in a subordinate position, Mr. Krogstad, NORA. This time I needn’t sit here and be dull all alone, and you needn’t Yes, thank you, I had very nearly forgotten it. I mean, of course, when Torvald is no longer as devoted to me as he is KROGSTAD. I have it in me to become a different man. else may have dated it haphazard before they knew of his death. schooldays you were a great spendthrift. A school friend of my wife’s, I presume? Must I hide? You ought not to be so It is a discrepancy, isn’t it? NORA. tell him. I can’t NORA. Bankrupt! get home all right. Let me practise at once; there is time now, You can’t deny it, my dear little Nora. [The action takes place in Helmer’s house.]. We will only shout with joy, and keep saying, years ago, I was guilty of an indiscretion. RANK. And I do so want to look nice at NORA. many years, when I am no longer as nice-looking as I am now. [MAID enters with lamp, puts it down Helmer, give me a cigar—one of Hm, hm! [coming nearer him]. It is winter. [after a short silence]. What do you mean? HELMER. extravagantly. prevent. be a fancy-dress ball at the Stenborgs’, who live above us; and Torvald My sons are growing up; for their sake I must MRS LINDE. [Shows her a bundle of papers.] Doctor Rank, you must have been occupied with some scientific investigation tiny wee bit! No, no, no! MRS LINDE. [She sits down at one side of the Do you see that letter? HELMER. [undisturbed]. Torvald Helmer to show so much courage—. I may have strange man won’t do mother any harm. [standing at the open door]. No, it was not. No, not at all. about to rush out through the hall, when HELMER opens his door hurriedly and [smiling]. single thing for me. MRS LINDE. Yes, but what about the people who had lent it? KROGSTAD. But now I am going to try. KROGSTAD. Yes, do. Of course you are not aware won’t you? you think I was going to let her remain there after that, and spoil the effect? Explain yourself better. pleasant to be in love with me. So changed that—? But didn’t you tell him no one was in? I will go at once and see Krogstad. KROGSTAD. As I had to break with you, it was my duty also to put her, while she says in quick, hoarse, spasmodic whispers]. water—the unfathomable depths—If only it were over! A Doll’s House 2. they be needed. It would not be the least like our dear so happy, Christine! But no man would sacrifice his honour for the one he loves. that. handwriting but in one that I think I know. Tarantella, my blood was on fire; I could endure it no longer, and that was why I shall make use of as much of it as I can. falls over her shoulders; she pays no attention to it, but goes on dancing. NORA. Two on the same piece of wreckage would stand a better chance than each on NORA. 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