In A Doll's House, what crime has Nora committed?

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Nora has committed one crime, in the legal sense, and another in a moral sense. The legal infraction was forgery. The moral infraction was lying to Torvald about where she got the money to take their trip when he was ill. Each of these actions began when Nora took a loan from Krogstad. 

Because Nora lied when she borrowed money from Krogstad, she must continue lying to repay the money.

Nora forged her father's signature on the loan document she gave to Krogstad. She says that her father was too ill to bother with signing the document, so she signed herself. He was actually dead when Nora forged the signature. The date on the document was what led Krogstad to his discovery. 

Nora claims that this was not a crime because her father would have signed the document himself. Also, she was forging the signature for love. She wanted to save Torvald. 

It is this crime, forgery, which Krogstad threatens to expose and, importantly, this is the same crime for which Krogstad lost his good reputation in town. He committed forgery too. 

Nora's other transgression is her continued lie to her husband. She squirrels away money to pay off her loan to Krogstad and undertakes some sneaky methods to do this. 


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