A Doll's House
A Doll's House Women and Femininity Quotes
How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Act.Line). Every time a character talks counts as one line, even if what they say turns into a long monologue.
MRS. LINDE: "Nils, a woman who has once sold herself for another's sake, doesn't do it a second time." (3.72)
Mrs. Linde is unwilling to sell herself a second time. Did Nora sell herself in a way when she married Torvald?
MRS. LINDE: "What a difference! Someone to work for and live for--a home to bring comfort into." (3.84)
A Doll's House is often discussed as play that shows the imprisonment of housewives, but Mrs. Linde is an example of a woman who willingly and joyfully assumes the role.
HELMER: "I shall not allow you to bring up the children; I dare not trust them to you." (3.242)
Torvald is stripping his wife of her most cherished feminine role: motherhood.