A Doll's House
(SCENE.--A room furnished comfortably and tastefully, but not extravagantly. At
the back, a door to the right leads to the entrance-hall, another to the left leads to
Helmer's study. Between the doors stands a piano. In the middle of the left-hand
wall is a door, and beyond it a window. Near the window are a round table, arm-
chairs and a small sofa. In the right-hand wall, at the farther end, another door;
and on the same side, nearer the footlights, a stove, two easy chairs and a
rocking-chair; between the stove and the door, a small table. Engravings on the
walls; a cabinet with china and other small objects; a small book-case with well-
bound books. The floors are carpeted, and a fire burns in the stove. It is winter.
A bell rings in the hall; shortly afterwards the door is heard to open. Enter NORA,
humming a tune and in high spirits. She is in outdoor dress and carries a number
of parcels; these she lays on the table to the right. She leaves the outer door
open after her, and through it is seen a PORTER who is carrying a Christmas
Tree and a basket, which he gives to the MAID who has opened the door.)
Nora. Hide the Christmas Tree carefully, Helen. Be sure the children do not see it
until this evening, when it is dressed. (To the PORTER, taking out her purse.)
Nora. There is a shilling. No, keep the change. (The PORTER thanks her, and
goes out. NORA shuts the door. She is laughing to herself, as she takes off her
hat and coat. She takes a packet of macaroons from her pocket and eats one or
two; then goes cautiously to her husband's door and listens.) Yes, he is in. (Still
humming, she goes to the table on the right.)
Helmer (calls out from his room). Is that my little lark twittering out there?
Nora (busy opening some of the parcels). Yes, it is!
Helmer. Is it my little squirrel bustling about?
Helmer. When did my squirrel come home?
Nora. Just now. (Puts the bag of macaroons into her pocket and wipes her
mouth.) Come in here, Torvald, and see what I have bought.