In what way did Krogstad and Nora face a similar moment of decision in the past?

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Nora, in order to obtain a loan for money to be used for her husband's medical treatment, has forged her father's signature on the loan application. This is the thing Krogstad is holding over her and threatening to expose.

We are first told nothing specific about Krogstad except that he is a lawyer with a rather seedy past. When Krogstad begins threatening Nora, he reveals that he once committed an "error" similar to hers, but that in his case the revelation completely destroyed his reputation and made him an outcast in society. Later it's revealed to Nora by none other than her husband Torvald that Krogstad's crime was forgery. Torvald seems to think that this would not have been such a terrible offense if had Krogstad not evaded punishment from the law by using various "tricks and subterfuges."

In other words, both Nora and Krogstad faced the decision of whether or not to commit a crime, and both did commit one (the same one), albeit for different purposes. This is the point which Krogstad, in his threats against Nora, says makes no difference, while her thinking is basically that she's innocent of any real crime because 1) she did it to save her husband's life (and also to save her father, who was himself dying at the time, from being worried with such a thing), and 2) she has made all the payments on time to re-pay the money and there is in fact only one more installment left.

The key issue here is more that of Nora's desperation to keep the knowledge of this from Torvald, than it is the possibility of her being thrown in jail for forgery. While she and Krogstad may have both made the "wrong" decision in the past, her position as a woman in nineteenth-century society creates different, and more terrifying, consequences for her. And in fact, later in the play, when Torvald does find out about her "crime," he launches into a shocking stream of abuse at her, which leads her to conclude that her marriage to him is unsustainable. When she closes the door on him in the famous ending, her own fate from this point is an unknown.

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Krogstad and Nora faced a similar moment of decision in the past when they both committed the same crime: forging a signature.

After Torvald (Nora's husband) becomes ill, it becomes imperative that he travel to a location with a fairer climate to recover. The trouble is that the family cannot afford this trip. Desperate to protect the fleeting health of her loved one, Nora chooses to illegally borrow money, forging her father's signature as the security for the debt. She tells Torvald that she has received the money directly from her father so that he will not fret over their financial concerns. Although Nora faithfully makes payments on the loan, Krogstad discovers that the loan documents were signed by Nora's father three days after his death, an impossibility which leads him to realize the crime Nora has committed. 

Krogstad comments quite observantly that Nora's act "was nothing more and nothing worse that made [him] an outcast from society" and that "[t]he law takes no account of motives." Nora shortly thereafter discovers that the deed that Krogstad has been so thoroughly punished for is, in fact, forgery. Torvald claims that, "...Krogstad has been poisoning his own children for years past by a life of lies and hypocrisy--that's why I call him morally ruined." Little does he know that his wife has done the very same thing.

This epiphany at the conclusion of Act One--that she is no better than the man her husband detests most--is what ultimately drives Nora's crisis of self throughout the rest of the play.

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