The widowed childhood friend
Christine is a character in the play A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen. She is Nora’s childhood friend but has not seen her for about ten years. Christine tells Nora that she married a wealthy man eight years ago.
The reason for this marriage of convenience was that Christine's ill mother was bedridden at the time and needed help. In addition, Christine had to care for her two younger brothers. She therefore considered it her duty to accept the proposal of a rather wealthy man. However, since his business was very uncertain, everything fell into disrepair and he left nothing to his wife when he died three years ago.
Christine never loved her husband and married for practical reasons, which Nora does not understand at first: "Not even any sorrow or grief to live upon [did he leave me]." (Act 1, 23%).
Likewise, the couple also had no children (Act 1, 23%). Since her husband left her no financial security, Christine has to work hard in the following three years with a small shop and a small school in order to be able to continue to provide for her relatives...