What ironic statement does Christine make about her deceased husband in A Doll's House, and why is it ironic?

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Christine Linde tells her friend, Nora , that she married her husband, a man who was "quite well off" at that time, because her mother was unable to work and Christine had to "provide for" her sick mother and two young brothers. She felt that she could not refuse the...

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Christine Linde tells her friend, Nora, that she married her husband, a man who was "quite well off" at that time, because her mother was unable to work and Christine had to "provide for" her sick mother and two young brothers. She felt that she could not refuse the man's offer of marriage because she had her bedridden mother and siblings to support. However, Mr. Linde's "business was a precarious one," and when he died, his business fell apart, leaving her with next to nothing. It must have been something of an unstable line of work or perhaps dependent on something outside of one's immediate control. In the last three years, since Mr. Linde's death, Christine has been forced to work in a shop, a school, and anything she could do to support herself. It is ironic that Christine married a man she did not love because he could financially support her and her family, but then he died after only about five years and his business went under and she ended up very nearly destitute. She married to achieve security, and, only a handful of years later, she became completely financially insecure when her husband passed away. Irony is created when what we expect to happen is different from what actually happens, and certainly Christine did not expect to be financially insecure after having married to achieve financial security.

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