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A Dolls House
By Henrik Ibsen
(Norwegian dramatist, 18281906. A play which may be called the source of the modern Feminist movement. In the following scene a young wife announces her revolt)
NORA:While I was at home with father, he used to tell me his opinions, and I held the same opinions. If I had others, I concealed them, because he wouldnt have liked it. He used to call me his doll-child, and played with me as I played with my dolls. Then I came to live in your house
HELMER:What an expression to use about our marriage!
NORA (undisturbed):I mean I passed from fathers hands into yours. You settled everything according to your taste; and I got the same tastes as you; or I pretended toI dont know whichboth ways, perhaps. When I look back on it now, I seem to have been living here like a beggar, from hand to mouth. I lived by performing tricks for you, Torvald. But you would have it so. You and father have done me a great wrong. It is your fault that my life has been wasted.
HELMER:Why, Nora, how unreasonable and ungrateful you are. Havent you been happy here?
NORA:No, only merry. And you have always been so kind to me. But your house has been nothing but a play-room. Here I have been your doll-wife, just as at home I used to be papas doll-child. And the children, in their turn, have been my dolls. I thought it fun when you played with me, just as the children did when I played with them. That has been our marriage, Torvald. And that is why I am now leaving you!