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Is that my little lark, twittering out there?...When did my squirrel get home?
A Doll's House
Torvald Helmer, to his wife Nora, Act 1.
There can be no freedom or beauty about a home life that depends on borrowing and debt.
A Doll's House
Helmer, Act 1.
It's a sweet little bird, but it gets through a terrible amount of money. You wouldn't believe how much it costs a man when he's got a little song-bird like you!
A Doll's House
Helmer to Nora, Act 1.
Yes - some day, perhaps, after many years, when I am no longer as pretty as I am now. Don't laugh at me! I mean, of course, when Torvald is no longer as devoted to me as he is now; when my dancing and dressing-up and reciting have palled on him then it may be a good thing to have something in reserve.
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Nora, to Mrs Linde's question as to whether she will ever tell Torvald of the loan she took out in order to save his life, Act 1.
Still it was really tremendous fun sitting there working and earning money. It was almost like being a man.
A Doll's House
Nora tells Mrs Linde of copying work she did to earn money to pay her debt, Act 1.
I should just love to say - "Well, I'm damned!"
A Doll's House
Nora reveals to Dr Rank and Mrs Linde what she would love to say in front of Torvald, Act 1.
Hasn't a daughter the right to protect her dying father from worry and anxiety? Hasn't a wife the right to save her husband's life? I don't know much about the law, but I'm quite certain that it must say somewhere that things like that are allowed.
A Doll's House
Nora to Krogstad, on her taking a loan and forging her father's signature to save her husband's life, Act 1.
Many a man can save himself if he admits he's done wrong and takes his punishment.
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Helmer, Act I.
An atmosphere of lies like that infects and poisons the whole life of a home. In a house like that, every breath that the children take is filled with the germs of evil.
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Helmer to Nora, on Krogstad's lies and deceit, Act 1.
Almost everyone who has gone to the bad early in life has had a deceitful mother.
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Torvald to Nora, Act 1.
To be able to be free from care, quite free from care; to be able to play and romp with the children; to be able to keep the house beautifully and have everything just as Torvald likes it!
A Doll's House
Nora, Act 1.
Your squirrel would run about and do all her tricks if you would be nice, and do as she wants ... Your skylark would chirp about in every room, with her song rising and falling.
A Doll's House
Nora to her husband, trying to manipulate him into keeping Krogstad in his post at the bank so Krogstad won't reveal to Torvald about Nora's debt, Act 2.
It is no use lying to one's self.
A Doll's House
Dr Rank to Nora, on facing up to his imminent death, Act 2.
A wonderful thing is going to happen!
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Nora to Mrs Linde, after Krogstad drops a letter about Nora's debt to him and her forgery of her father's signature, into Torvald's letterbox. She is referring to her expectation that Torvald will take all the blame for her actions upon himself, Act 2.
Nora, darling, you're dancing as if your life depended on it!
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Helmer, Act 2.
When I lost you, it was as if all the solid ground went from under my feet. Look at me now—I am a shipwrecked man clinging to a bit of wreckage.
A Doll's House
Krogstad to Mrs Linde, Act 3.
When you've sold yourself once for the sake of others, you don't do it a second time.
A Doll's House
Mrs Linde to Krogstad, Act 3.
Someone to work for and live for — a home to bring comfort into. That I will do, indeed.
A Doll's House
Mrs Linde, Act 3.
Why shouldn't I look at my dearest treasure? - at all the beauty that is mine, all my very own.
A Doll's House
Helmer staring at Nora in her fancy-dress costume, Act 3.
One can't have anything in this life without paying for it.
A Doll's House
Dr Rank, Act 3.
At the next fancy-dress ball I shall be invisible. There is a big black hat - have you never heard of hats that make you invisible? If you put one on, no one can see you..
A Doll's House
Dr Rank to Helmer and Nora, telling her in code that he will be dead by the next fancy-dress ball, Act 3.
Do you know, Nora, I have often wished that you might be threatened by some great danger, so that I might risk my life's blood, and everything, for your sake.
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Helmer to Nora, captivated by her beauty in her fancy-dress costume, Act 3.
The black, cold, icy water. Down and down, without end — if it would only end.
A Doll's House
Nora, as her husband is about to learn the secret of her debt, Act 3.
From this moment happiness is not the question; all that concerns us is to save the remains, the fragments, the appearance.
A Doll's House
Helmer, learning the details of Krogstad's loan to Nora, rejects her as a wife and mother but wants her to remain in his house and keep up the pretence that all is well with their marriage, Act 3.
I have existed merely to perform tricks for you, Torvald. But you would have it so. You and papa have committed a great sin against me. It is your fault that I have made nothing of my life. Our home has been nothing but a playroom. I have been your doll-wife, just as at home I was papa's doll-child; and here the children have been my dolls. I thought it great fun when you played with me, just as they thought it great fun when I played with them. That is what our marriage has been, Torvald.
A Doll's House
Nora to Torvald Helmer, as she realizes the truth about their marriage, Act 3.
If I'm ever to reach any understanding of myself and the things around me, I must learn to stand alone. That's why I can't stay here with you any longer.
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Nora to her husband, Act 3.
I have another duty equally sacred ... My duty to myself.
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Nora to husband, Act 3.
HELMER: First and foremost, you are a wife and mother.
NORA: That I don't believe any more. I believe that first and foremost I am an individual, just as you are.
A Doll's House
Act 3.
You don't talk or think like the man I could bind myself to. When your first panic was over - not about what threatened me, but about what might happen to you - and when there was no more danger, then, as far as you were concerned, it was just as if nothing had happened at all. I was simply your little songbird, your doll, and from now on you would handle it more gently than ever because it was so delicate and fragile. At that moment, Torvald, I realized that for eight years I'd been living her with a strange man and that I'd borne him three children. Oh, I can't bear to think of it - I could tear myself to little pieces!
A Doll's House
Nora just before she leaves her husband, Act 3.
A Doll's House is an 1879 social drama play written by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. It is a scathing criticism of the blind acceptance of the traditional roles of men and women in Victorian marriage. Ibsen was born on March 20, 1828, and died May 23, 1906.

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