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A Doll's House

Mrs. Linde. Do you believe I am as absolutely heartless as all that? And do you
believe that I did it with a light heart?
Krogstad. Didn't you?
Mrs. Linde. Nils, did you really think that?
Krogstad. If it were as you say, why did you write to me as you did at the time?
Mrs. Linde. I could do nothing else. As I had to break with you, it was my duty
also to put an end to all that you felt for me.
Krogstad (wringing his hands). So that was it. And all this--only for the sake of
Mrs. Linde. You must not forget that I had a helpless mother and two little
brothers. We couldn't wait for you, Nils; your prospects seemed hopeless then.
Krogstad. That may be so, but you had no right to throw me over for anyone
else's sake.
Mrs. Linde. Indeed I don't know. Many a time did I ask myself if I had the right to
do it.
Krogstad (more gently). When I lost you, it was as if all the solid ground went
from under my feet. Look at me now--I am a shipwrecked man clinging to a bit of
Mrs. Linde. But help may be near.
Krogstad. It was near; but then you came and stood in my way.
Mrs. Linde. Unintentionally, Nils. It was only today that I learned it was your place
I was going to take in the Bank.
Krogstad. I believe you, if you say so. But now that you know it, are you not going
to give it up to me?
Mrs. Linde. No, because that would not benefit you in the least.
Krogstad. Oh, benefit, benefit--I would have done it whether or no.
Mrs. Linde. I have learned to act prudently. Life, and hard, bitter necessity have
taught me that.
Krogstad. And life has taught me not to believe in fine speeches.