A Doll's House
Nora. Do you think so? Do you think they would forget their mother if she went
Nurse. Good heavens!--went away altogether?
Nora. Nurse, I want you to tell me something I have often wondered about--how
could you have the heart to put your own child out among strangers?
Nurse. I was obliged to, if I wanted to be little Nora's nurse.
Nora. Yes, but how could you be willing to do it?
Nurse. What, when I was going to get such a good place by it? A poor girl who
has got into trouble should be glad to. Besides, that wicked man didn't do a
single thing for me.
Nora. But I suppose your daughter has quite forgotten you.
Nurse. No, indeed she hasn't. She wrote to me when she was confirmed, and
when she was married.
Nora (putting her arms round her neck). Dear old Anne, you were a good mother
to me when I was little.
Nurse. Little Nora, poor dear, had no other mother but me.
Nora. And if my little ones had no other mother, I am sure you would-- What
nonsense I am talking! (Opens the box.) Go in to them. Now I must--. You will
see tomorrow how charming I shall look.
Nurse. I am sure there will be no one at the ball so charming as you, ma'am.
(Goes into the room on the left.)
Nora (begins to unpack the box, but soon pushes it away from her). If only I
dared go out. If only no one would come. If only I could be sure nothing would
happen here in the meantime. Stuff and nonsense! No one will come. Only I
mustn't think about it. I will brush my muff. What lovely, lovely gloves! Out of my
thoughts, out of my thoughts! One, two, three, four, five, six-- (Screams.) Ah!
there is someone coming--. (Makes a movement towards the door, but stands
(Enter MRS. LINDE from the hall, where she has taken off her cloak and hat.)
Nora. Oh, it's you, Christine. There is no one else out there, is there? How good
of you to come!