A Doll's House
by Henrik Ibsen
A Doll's House The Home 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.
Stage Directions: SCENE—A room furnished comfortably and tastefully, but not extravagantly.
Why would Ibsen be so specific in describing the furnishings of the Helmers' home?
HELMER: "An atmosphere of lies infects and poisons the whole life of a home. Each breath the children take in such a house is full of the germs of evil." (1.469)
Torvald is unaware at this point that he lives in just such a home. Has it really hurt the children in any way?