Dr. Rank is a doctor who is best friends with Torvald and Nora, who he visits every day. Dr. Rank suffers from spinal tuberculosis, a condition he believes was caused by his father’s vices, which included having extramarital affairs and consuming too much luxurious food and drink. Dr. Rank is unmarried and lonely, and over the course of the play it is revealed that he is in love with Nora. Cynical about life, he rejoices when he finds out that his illness is terminal, and insists that neither Torvald nor Nora visit him in his dying days. As he predicted, he is not particularly missed by the other characters.
Dr. Rank Quotes in A Doll's House
The A Doll's House quotes below are all either spoken by Dr. Rank or refer to Dr. Rank. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Oxford University Press edition of A Doll's House published in 1998.).
Act Two Quotes
Now Dr. Rank, cheer up. You’ll see tomorrow how nicely I can dance. And you can pretend I’m doing it just for you—and for Torvald as well, of course.
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Dr. Rank Character Timeline in A Doll's House
The timeline below shows where the character Dr. Rank appears in A Doll's House. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...room again. He is surprised to see that Nora has not undergone some “marvelous transformation.” Dr. Rank , standing in the doorway, said he also expected this. Nora says she will not... (full context)