Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
How we cite our quotes:
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?
Martha: (Hopeless) I'll make you sorry you made me want to marry you. (2.191)
This statement, while bleak, seems to confirm that Martha had real feelings for George at the beginning of their marriage.