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A Doll's House Quotes

11 of the best book quotes from A Doll's House
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“I only feel my life unspeakably empty. No one to live for anymore.”
Henrik Ibsen
author
A Doll's House
book
Nora Helmer
Mrs. Christine Linde
characters
service
gender stereotypes
lack of purpose
concepts
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“Do you suppose I am going to make myself ridiculous before my whole staff, to let people think that I am a man to be swayed by all sorts of outside influence?”
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“Nils, a woman who has once sold herself for another’s sake, doesn’t do it a second time.”
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“And besides – he’s so proud of being a man – it’d be so painful and humiliating for him to know that he owed anything to me. It’d completely wreck our relationship.”
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“Well, you see, there are some people whom one loves, and others whom it’s almost more fun to be with.”
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“How warm and cosy our home is, Nora. Here is shelter for you; here I will protect you like a hunted dove that I have saved from a hawk’s claws.”
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“Bought, did you say? All these things? Has my little spendthrift been wasting money again?”
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“Nils, suppose we two shipwrecked souls could join hands? . . . Castaways have a better chance of survival together than on their own.”
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“When I lived with papa, he used to tell me what he thought about everything, so that I never had any opinions but his. And if I did have any of my own, I kept them quiet, because he wouldn’t have liked them. He called me his little doll, and he played with me just the way I played with my dolls.”
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“I believe that I am first and foremost a human being, like you – or anyway, that I must try to become one. I know most people think as you do, Torvald, and I know there’s something of the sort to be found in books. But I’m no longer prepared to accept what people say and what’s written in books. I must think things out for myself, and try to find my own answer.”
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“No one has said I borrowed the money. I could have got it in some other way. I could have got it from an admirer. When a girl’s as pretty as I am.”

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