A Doll's House

by Henrik Ibsen (1879)

Act 3

Helmer - Male, 35 to 50 yrs

Scene partner - Mrs.Linde

Monologue - Dramatic, 1:00 to 2:00 min


[Yes, take a good look at her. I think she is worth looking at.] Isn't she charming, Mrs Linde?

[Mrs Linde: Yes, indeed she is.]

Doesn't she look remarkably pretty? Everyone thought so at the dance. But she is terribly self-willed, this sweet little person. What are we to do with her? You will hardly believe that I had almost to bring her away by force.

[Nora: Torvald, you will repent not having let me stay, even if it were only for half an hour.]

[Listen to her, Mrs Linde!] She had danced her Tarantella, and it had been a tremendous success, as it deserved – although possibly the performance was a trifle too realistic – a little more so, I mean, than was strictly compatible with the limitations of art. But never mind about that! The chief thing is, she had made a success – she had made a tremendous success. Do you think I was going to let her remain there after that, and spoil the effect? No, indeed! I took my charming little Capri maiden – my capricious little Capri maiden, I should say – on my arm; took one quick turn round the room; a curtsey on either side, and, as they say in novels, the beautiful apparition disappeared. An exit ought always to be effective, Mrs Linde; but that is what I cannot make Nora understand. Pooh! this room is hot.

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