A Doll's House
Respect and Reputation Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
NORA: "Yes--yes, of course. Just recall to your mind what these malicious creatures wrote in the papers about papa, and how horribly they slandered him." (2.108)
It seems Nora's family has a history of scandal.
HELMER: "Your father's reputation as a public official was not above suspicion. Mine is." (2.109)
Helmer seems to base a lot of his self worth on what other people think about him.
HELMER: "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?" (2.113)
The influence that Torvald is referring to here is his wife. He's afraid to seem weak in public.