A Doll's House
by Henrik Ibsen
A Doll's House Lies and Deceit Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Act.Line) Every time a character talks counts as one line, even if what they say turns into a long monologue.
HELMER: "A guilty man like that has to lie and […] has to wear a mask in the presence of those near and dear to him, even before his own wife and children. […] the children—that is the most terrible part of it all, Nora." (1.467)
It's ironic that Torvald is saying this in front of his wife, who has deceived him so often.
MRS. LINDE: "they must have a complete understanding between them, which is impossible with all this concealment and falsehood going on." (3.78)
Christine seems to hope that the truth will heal the Helmers' marriage, when in fact it destroys it.
HELMER: "What is this? Someone has been at the lock. […] Here is a broken hairpin. Nora, it is one of yours."
NORA: (quickly) Then it must have been the children—" (3.198-3.201)
Down to the very end, Nora lies to her husband. We wonder why she still keeps it up by this point. He's going to find out everything in about thirty seconds anyway.