A Doll'S House : A Play Vocabulary List

busies

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Nora [after a short pause, during which she busies herself with the Christmas Tree.]

capri

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He said I was thoughtless, and that it was his duty as my husband not to indulge me in my whims and caprices--as I believe he called them.

chinese

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But in the case of knitting--that can never be anything but ungraceful; look here--the arms close together, the knitting-needles going up and down--it has a sort of Chinese effect--.

cursedly

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The thing itself is cursedly ugly, and the worst of it is that I shall have to face so much more that is ugly before that.

deprave

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Deprave my little children?

disengages

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Nora [disengages herself, and says firmly and decidedly].

distractedly

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Nora [gropes distractedly about, seizes HELMER'S domino, throws it round her, while she says in quick, hoarse, spasmodic whispers].

dramatis

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DRAMATIS PERSONAE Torvald Helmer.

dressmaking

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Torvald can't bear to see dressmaking going on.

economise

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This is the first Christmas that we have not needed to economise.

embroider

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Yes; odds and ends, needlework, crotchet-work, embroidery, and that kind of thing.

featherbrain

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Little featherbrain!--are you thinking of the next already?

featherhead

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The same little featherhead!

hullo

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Hullo!--are we going to have a banquet?

impetuously

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Nora [impetuously].

incubus

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It was one of those rash friendships that so often prove an incubus in afterlife.

indescribably

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There is something so indescribably sweet and satisfying, to a man, in the knowledge that he has forgiven his wife--forgiven her freely, and with all his heart.

interceding

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And it is just by interceding for him that you make it impossible for me to keep him.

italian

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She is in an Italian costume with a large black shawl around her; he is in evening dress, and a black domino which is flying open.]

jilt

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Was there anything else to understand except what was obvious to all the world--a heartless woman jilts a man when a more lucrative chance turns up?

macaroon

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She takes a packet of macaroons from her pocket and eats one or two; then goes cautiously to her husband's door and listens.]

meditatively

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Nora [meditatively, and with a half smile].

moralised

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But I always thought it tremendous fun if I could steal down into the maids' room, because they never moralised at all, and talked to each other about such entertaining things.

october

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But, look here; your father has dated his signature the 2nd of October.

overstrained

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It is nothing but a woman's overstrained sense of generosity that prompts you to make such an offer of yourself.

overworking

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No, the fact is I have been overworking myself.

perplexes

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The thing perplexes me altogether.

playroom

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But our home has been nothing but a playroom.

playtime

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Playtime shall be over, and lesson-time shall begin.

plucky

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And so now you have come into the town, and have taken this long journey in winter--that was plucky of you.

prevaricate

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Don't prevaricate, Nora.

questioningly

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[She looks at him questioningly.]

repents

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He says he regrets and repents--that a happy change in his life--never mind what he says!

schooldays

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In our schooldays you were a great spendthrift.

searchingly

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Nora [quickly and searchingly].

shabbily

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I couldn't let my children be shabbily dressed; I have felt obliged to use up all he gave me for them, the sweet little darlings!

skylark

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Come, come, my little skylark must not droop her wings.

slightingly

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If you speak slightingly of my husband, I shall turn you out of the house.

snowballing

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Have you been snowballing?

songbird

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My little songbird must never do that again.

speechlessly

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[NORA stands speechlessly looking at him.]

tactless

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But how can this well-bred man be so tactless?

tarantella

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The whole thing is only the wildest fancy!--Now, you must go and play through the Tarantella and practise with your tambourine.

tidying

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Mrs Linde [tidying up the room and laying her hat and cloak ready].

twittering

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Is that my little lark twittering out there?

ungraceful

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But in the case of knitting--that can never be anything but ungraceful; look here--the arms close together, the knitting-needles going up and down--it has a sort of Chinese effect--.

unlocks

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[Unlocks the door.]

unrecognisable

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And then, in the spring, to float up to the surface, all horrible and unrecognisable, with your hair fallen out-- Nora.

unsewn

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It is only some of the trimming come unsewn here and there.

wheedling

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You always find some new way of wheedling money out of me, and, as soon as you have got it, it seems to melt in your hands.