| Quote #7
I wish, please don't laugh – but I wish I'd been a virgin for him, for José (12.3).
This is an interesting statement coming from Holly since she seems so indifferent to what people consider acceptable. But she reveals herself to be a bit of a traditionalist here. And she also exposes the desire to change part of her past in order to please the man she loves, which is very unlike her.
| Quote #8
"A person ought to be able to marry men or women or – listen, if you came to me and said you wanted to hitch up with Man o' War, I'd respect your feeling. No, I'm serious. Love should be allowed. I'm all for it" (12.3).
Holly believes in love without restrictions or rules. She truly feels that everyone should be free to pursue the love that makes them happy.
| Quote #9
I loved her enough to forget myself, my self-pitying despairs, and be content that something she thought happy was going to happen (13.18).
The narrator's love for Holly reaches the point where it's no longer about his happiness – it becomes about her happiness even more. He finds contentment in the thought that she'll finally find security and stability.