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 A Doll's House-Act 2-Part 7

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PostSubject: A Doll's House-Act 2-Part 7   Mon Aug 03, 2009 10:06 pm

NORA:
In the letter-box. [Steals across to the hall door.] There it lies—Torvald, Torvald, there is no hope for us now!

[MRS. LINDE comes in from the room on the left, carrying the dress.]

MRS. LINDE:
There, I can't see anything more to mend now. Would you like to try it on—?

NORA:
[in a hoarse whisper]. Christine, come here.

MRS. LINDE:
[throwing the dress down on the sofa]. What is the matter with you? You look so agitated!

NORA:
Come here. Do you see that letter? There, look—you can see it through the glass in the letter-box.

MRS. LINDE:
Yes, I see it.

NORA:
That letter is from Krogstad.

MRS. LINDE:
Nora—it was Krogstad who lent you the money!

NORA:
Yes, and now Torvald will know all about it.

MRS. LINDE:
Believe me, Nora, that's the best thing for both of you.

NORA:
You don't know all. I forged a name.

MRS. LINDE:
Good heavens—!

NORA:
I only want to say this to you, Christine—you must be my witness.

MRS. LINDE:
Your witness? What do you mean? What am I to—?

NORA:
If I should go out of my mind—and it might easily happen—

MRS. LINDE:
Nora!

NORA:
Or if anything else should happen to me—anything, for instance, that might prevent my being here—

MRS. LINDE:
Nora! Nora! you are quite out of your mind.

NORA:
And if it should happen that there were someone who wanted to take all the responsibility, all the blame, you understand—

MRS. LINDE:
Yes, yes—but how can you suppose—?

NORA:
Then you must be my witness, that it is not true, Christine. I am not out of my mind at all; I am in my right senses now, and I tell you no one else has known anything about it; I, and I alone, did the whole thing. Remember that.

MRS. LINDE:
I will, indeed. But I don't understand all this.

NORA:
How should you understand it? A wonderful thing is going to happen!

MRS. LINDE:
A wonderful thing?

NORA:
Yes, a wonderful thing!—But it is so terrible, Christine; it mustn't happen, not for all the world.

MRS. LINDE:
I will go at once and see Krogstad.

NORA:
Don't go to him; he will do you some harm.

MRS. LINDE:
There was a time when he would gladly do anything for my sake.

NORA:
He?

MRS. LINDE:
Where does he live?

NORA:
How should I know—? Yes [feeling in her pocket], here is his card. But the letter, the letter—!

HELMER:
[calls from his room, knocking at the door]. Nora!

NORA:
[cries out anxiously]. Oh, what's that? What do you want?

HELMER:
Don't be so frightened. We are not coming in; you have locked the door. Are you trying on your dress?

NORA:
Yes, that's it. I look so nice, Torvald.

MRS. LINDE:
[who has read the card]. I see he lives at the corner here.

NORA:
Yes, but it's no use. It is hopeless. The letter is lying there in the box.

MRS. LINDE:
And your husband keeps the key?

NORA:
Yes, always.

MRS. LINDE:
Krogstad must ask for his letter back unread, he must find some pretence—

NORA:
But it is just at this time that Torvald generally—

MRS. LINDE:
You must delay him. Go in to him in the meantime. I will come back as soon as I can. [She goes out hurriedly through the hall door.]

NORA:
[goes to HELMER'S door, opens it and peeps in]. Torvald!

HELMER:
[from the inner room]. Well? May I venture at last to come into my own room again? Come along, Rank, now you will see—[Halting in the doorway.] But what is this?

NORA:
What is what, dear?

HELMER:
Rank led me to expect a splendid transformation.

RANK:
[in the doorway]. I understood so, but evidently I was mistaken.

NORA:
Yes, nobody is to have the chance of admiring me in my dress till to-morrow.

HELMER:
But, my dear Nora, you look so worn out. Have you been practising too much?

NORA:
No, I have not practised at all.

HELMER:
But you will need to—

NORA:
Yes, indeed I shall, Torvald. But I can't get on a bit without you to help me; I have absolutely forgotten the whole thing.

HELMER:
Oh, we will soon work it up again.

NORA:
Yes, help me, Torvald. Promise that you will! I am so nervous about it—all the people—. You must give yourself up to me entirely this evening. Not the tiniest bit of business—you mustn't even take a pen in your hand. Will you promise, Torvald dear?

HELMER:
I promise. This evening I will be wholly and absolutely at your service, you helpless little mortal. Ah, by the way, first of all I will just—[Goes towards the hall door.]

NORA:
What are you going to do there?

HELMER:
Only see if any letters have come.

NORA:
No, no! don't do that, Torvald!

HELMER:
Why not?

NORA:
Torvald, please don't. There is nothing there.

HELMER:
Well, let me look. [Turns to go to the letter-box. NORA, at the piano, plays the first bars of the Tarantella. Helmer stops in the doorway.] Aha!

NORA:
I can't dance to-morrow if I don't practise with you.

HELMER:
[going up to her]. Are you really so afraid of it, dear?

NORA:
Yes, so dreadfully afraid of it. Let me practise at once; there is time now, before we go to dinner. Sit down and play for me, Torvald dear; criticise me, and correct me as you play.

HELMER:
With great pleasure, if you wish me to. [Sits down at the piano.]

NORA:
[takes out of the box a tambourine and a long variegated shawl. She hastily drapes the shawl round her. Then she springs to the front of the stage and calls out]. Now play for me! I am going to dance!

[HELMER plays and NORA dances. rank stands by the piano behind Helmer, and looks on.]

HELMER:
[as he plays]. Slower, slower!

NORA:
I can't do it any other way.

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