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ANNA Oh, no, maíam, that she hasnít. She wrote to me both when she was confirmed
and when she was married.
NORA[Embracing her.] Dear old Anna-you were a good mother to me when I was
ANNA My poor little Nora had no mother but me.
NORA And if my little ones had nobody else, Iím sure you would-
[Opens the box.]
Go in to the children. Now I must-Youíll see how lovely I shall be to-morrow.
ANNA Iím sure there will be no one at the ball so lovely as my Miss Nora.
[She goes into the room on the left.
[Takes the costume out of the box, but soon throws it down again.]
Oh, if I dared go out. If only nobody would come. If only nothing would happen here
in the meantime. Rubbish; nobody is coming.
Only not to think. What a delicious muff! Beautiful gloves, beautiful gloves! To forget-
to forget! One, two, three, four, five, six [With a scream.] Ah, there they come.
[Goes towards the door, then stands irresolute. MRS. LINDEN enters from the hall,
where she has taken off her things. }
NORA Oh, itís you, Christina. Thereís nobody else there? Iím so glad you have come.
MRS. LINDEN I hear you called at my lodgings.
NORA Yes, I was just passing. Thereís something you must help me with. Let us sit
here on the sofa so. To-morrow evening thereís to be a fancy ball at Consul Stenborgís
overhead, and Torvald wants me to appear as a Neapolitan fisher-girl, and dance the
tarantella; I learned it at Capri.
MRS. LINDEN I see-quite a performance.
NORA Yes, Torvald wishes it. Look, this is the costume; Torvald had it made for me in
Italy. But now itís all so torn, I donít know MRS. LINDEN Oh, we shall soon set that to
rights. Itís only the trimming that has come loose here and there. Have you a needle
and thread? Ah, hereís the very thing.
NORA Oh, how kind of you.
MRS. LINDEN [Sewing.] So youíre to be in costume to-morrow, Nora? Iíll tell you
what-I shall come in for a moment to see you in all your glory. But Iíve quite forgotten
to thank you for the pleasant evening yesterday.