What happens when a wife saves her husband's life with an illegal loan? She learns how little he really loves her. In this play Nora forged a loan paper to secure money to take Torvald on a trip to Italy to save him from a disease. She keeps both the loan and the condition a secret. All goes perfectly well until the very end of the loan.At the time of the play Torvald is promoted and wishes to fire the very loan officer, Krogstad, that helped Nora, and secretly Torvald. In place of Krogstad, Torvald hires Nora's old friend. He eventually learns of the secret loan and banishes his wife, who will be condemned for forgery.The paper is returned to Nora because Krogstad has a heart. But Torvald does not. He forgives her only because she will not be banished, but he could not stand by his wife through the difficult time. The doll's house is destroyed.