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A Doll's House Act 3 Summary

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Thu Pham

on 23 September 2012

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It is the same scene, in Helmer's house where Mrs. Linde is sitting, waiting for Krogstad to come. She attempts to read but cannot restrain from thinking and listening
intently to the noise outside the door. When Krogstad
finally arrives, she informs that they
had "a great deal to talk" about, and
despite feeling hesitant, Krogstad
remains to have a discussion with her.
It is reveal later that Mrs. Linde and Krogstad
were once in a relationship, however, in order
to support her mother and two little brothers
she was obligated to marry into a
prosperous family and disregarded her true
feelings. Although he is enraged at the mention
of their poignant past, Krogstad is convinced
when she proposes that they should get back
together, much pleased by her promise to take
care of him and his children. ACT 3 When they come to an agreement, the music on the upper floor stopped, and Mrs. Linde urged Krogstad to leave before Helmer and Nora see him, and tell him that his letter is still in the letterbox. Krogstad instantly grows suspicious of her motives of wanting them to reunite. Mrs. Linde then boldly told him that she would never sell herself again for the ones she cares about. Nora and Helmer enters right after Krogstad leaves, but Helmer soon leaves to look for a candle. Mrs. Linde takes the chance to tell her about her conversation with Krogstad and suggested that she should let Helmer learns the truth. Nonetheless, Nora insists on covering her crime until the end. When Helmer returns, he accompanied Mrs. Linde to the door. Upon her departure, Helmer voices aloud that he is glad she is gone, for she was all too boring for his liking. Then, he begins complimenting and teasing Nora sexually, despite of her resistance and constant requests to be leave alone. Abruptly, Dr. Rank knocks on the door and enters to. He speaks to Nora about the experiment he plans on doing on himself in coded terms and left. Krogstad, meanwhile, is skeptical of his behavior and says that he is probably drunk. However, Nora knows well that he had came to announce to her of his forthcoming death. Helmer then goes forth to empty the mail box, finding that someones has been trying to open it with one of Nora's hairpins. Nora immediately says that it must be the children. To Nora's relief, Helmer does not immediately find her letter, but two of Dr. Rank's calling cards. Nora explains to Helmer that the black cross on them indicate that he will for sure die. Helmer expresses his sadness but later realized that his friend's death would help them, him and Nora, become more independent. Then, seeing Helmer's sorrow Nora urged him to read the letters. Helmer refuses, for he wants to be with Nora. She suggest that they both need time to get their minds off their friend's death, and Helmer agrees. He goes into his room with the letters, while Nora murmurs spasmodically to herself. Upon rushing towards the door, Helmer catches her and demands an explanation for the letter.
Nora tries to apologize, repeating that she had done what she ought to do to help him. Helmer does not seem to listen, he tells her to stop talking and calls her a liar for her forgery. Helmer locks the door so Nora would not escape and says that she has to stay until she pays off for what she had done. He also prohibits her from seeing their children and requests that she should at least appears happy. Nora, hearing the words from her husband, freezes in comprehension. Not long afterward, the bell rings. Helena brings in a letter from Krogstad, explaining that he would stop blackmailing Nora. The letter also includes Nora's promissory note which she had forged her father's signature. Feeling much better, Helmer apologizes and tells Nora to forget everything that happened to day, for it was a "bad dream". It is here that Nora realizes she has been nothing but a doll to him, and despite his soothing words, she insists to cut off all dependence on him. She bids him goodbye and charges out the door. Helmer is left with frustration, as he sits, burying his face in his hands.
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