Torvald sees the boxes and reminds Nora that his new job does not start for a while and that she should be thriftier with her spending. From the beginning, Torvald comes across as a man that demands obedience and commands authority.
Torvald talks down to Nora and treats her as a child. The relationship can be summed up as a father daughter relationship rather than a husband and wife relationship.
Mrs. Linde, a friend from Nora's past, hears about the Helmer's good news and comes to town to ask Nora to speak to her husband about a job. Nora agrees to see what she can do. Nora and Mrs. Linde spend some time catching up on the past; exchanging stories of what has happened to each of them since they last saw one another.
Nora tells Mrs. Linde about how she how she borrowed the money to travel abroad and who it saved her husbands life.
As Mrs. Linde and Nora talk, there is a knock at the door and Nils Krogstad enters. At the sight of Krogstad, Nora looks panicked. She asks what he is doing there. Krogstad, an employee at the bank that Torvald is employed, asks to speak to Torvald about his job. Nora is relieved that he was not there to see her.
After a brief meeting with Torvald, Krogstad leaves upset a