Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Quotes: Marriage (15)

Marriage 330 "From Webster’s: hatred, n., 'strong aversion or detestation; settled ill will or malevolence'…a thread in most marriages…." Mailer, The Naked and the Dead. A cynic's view of marriage.

Marriage 62 " ‘Wilt thou have this man to thy wedded wife?’ says he, and then he says, ‘Wilt thou have this woman to thy wedded husband?’ says he...the particlarest thing of all is, as nobody took any notice on it but me and they answered straight off ‘yes,’ like as if it had been saying ‘Amen,’ i’ the right place, without listening to what went before...and I says to myself, ‘Is ‘t the meanin’ or the words as makes folks fast I’ wedlock?...the parson meant right, and the bride and bridegroom meant right...." George Eliot, Silas Marner. Whatever.

Marriage 200 "…and perhaps if he’d married a woman who’d have had children, she’d have vexed him in other ways." George Eliot, Silas Marner.

Marriage 43 Mrs. Grant: "I pay very little regard to what any young person says on the subject of marriage." Austen, Mansfield Park.

Marriage 202 "In all the important preparations of the mind she [Maria] was complete; being prepared for matrimony by an hatred of home, restraint and tranquility; by the misery of disappointed affection, and contempt of the man she was to marry." Austen, Mansfield Park. Preparation for marriage?

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