Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
by Edward Albee
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Marriage Quotes
How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Act.Line). Every time a character talks counts as one line, even if what they say turns into a long monologue.
Nick: I wouldn't say there was any…particular passion between us, even at the beginning…of our marriage, I mean. (2.163)
It's interesting that Nick and Honey's seemingly perfect marriage began without love, whereas George and Martha's seemingly terrible marriage began with love.
George: you […] go around like a hopped-up Arab, slashing away at everything in sight[…]
Martha: YOU CAN STAND IT!! YOU MARRIED ME FOR IT!![…]
George: (Quietly) That is a desperately sick lie. […]
Martha: My arm has gotten tired whipping you. (2.626-2.639)
We wonder how much truth there is to Martha's statement? Does some part of George feel that he deserves the abuse Martha heaps on him? Is their marriage based on desire for punishment?