A Doll

But you neither think nor talk like the

Nora Helmer

A Doll's House

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Age Range
Act 3
Time & Place
Norway, 1890s
Time Period
Show Type

Monologue Context

Nora has gone through a night of hell. Her husband, Torvald, found out her long

Monologue Text

But you neither think nor talk like the man I could bind myself to. As soon as your fear was over--and it was not fear for what threatened me, but for what might happen to you--when the whole thing was past, as far as you were concerned it was exactly as if nothing at all had happened. Exactly as before, I was your little skylark, your doll, which you would in future treat with doubly gentle care, because it was so brittle and fragile. [Getting up.] Torvald--it was then it dawned upon me that for eight years I had been living here with a strange man, and had borne him three children--. Oh, I can't bear to think of it! I could tear myself into little bits!

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