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A Doll's House

(THE SAME SCENE.--The table has been placed in the middle of the stage, with
chairs around it. A lamp is burning on the table. The door into the hall stands
open. Dance music is heard in the room above. Mrs. LINDE is sitting at the table
idly turning over the leaves of a book; she tries to read, but does not seem able
to collect her thoughts. Every now and then she listens intently for a sound at the
outer door.)
Mrs. Linde (looking at her watch). Not yet--and the time is nearly up. If only he
does not--. (Listens again.) Ah, there he is. (Goes into the hall and opens the
outer door carefully. Light footsteps are heard on the stairs. She whispers.)
Come in. There is no one here.
Krogstad (in the doorway). I found a note from you at home. What does this
Mrs. Linde. It is absolutely necessary that I should have a talk with you.
Krogstad. Really? And is it absolutely necessary that it should be here?
Mrs. Linde. It is impossible where I live; there is no private entrance to my rooms.
Come in; we are quite alone. The maid is asleep, and the Helmers are at the
dance upstairs.
Krogstad (coming into the room). Are the Helmers really at a dance tonight?
Mrs. Linde. Yes, why not?
Krogstad. Certainly--why not?
Mrs. Linde. Now, Nils, let us have a talk.
Krogstad. Can we two have anything to talk about?
Mrs. Linde. We have a great deal to talk about.
Krogstad. I shouldn't have thought so.
Mrs. Linde. No, you have never properly understood me.
Krogstad. Was there anything else to understand except what was obvious to all
the world--a heartless woman jilts a man when a more lucrative chance turns up?