What does Torvald look like?

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William Delaney | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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We would imagine Torvald, Nora's husband, to be tall and thin, not good looking but severe and humorless, a generally cold person who does not even really love his wife but regards her as a pet and as someone who can amuse him after a hard day's work. He is usually stiff and erect. He doesn't need to sit down and might find it unpleasant to lean back and relax. No doubt he wears business suits of somber colors, complete with vests and gold watch chains. He is always neat and always careful about his appearance. He is conscious of his appearance, speech and manners because he feels that everyone is watching him as a representative of an important commercial institution. He presents a strong contrast to his wife, who is guided by her emotions, but such marriages are not at all uncommon, and they can be lasting unions as long as nothing happens which forces them to examine their feelings about each other and to assess their relationship.

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