Nora, the only child of a kindly old man, never "grew up" so far as he could see. He treated her "like a doll," as she said later when her eyes were opened, but her girlhood was happy and carefree. She never had opinions, those of her father were enough for her, and when he suggested that she marry Torval Helmer, a young man of probity, she was not consulted. Neither did she object, for that is not one of the doll's privileges. The husband, as did the father, treated Nora like a doll. It never occurred to him that she was a being with a mind and intelligence, but he was fond of her, in his own superior, condescending way. When he was taken sick, he thought it was very kind of her old father to give them the money that paid for a health trip to Italy. He did not know that his "doll wife" had borrowed the cash from a money lender, and to get it has to forge her father's name. Her excuse, perfectly reasonable to her doll's mind, although not legal, was that her father would have signed ...
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