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Quote #4

"I know so well what becomes of unmarried woman who aren't prepared to occupy a position. I've seen such pitiful cases in the South - barely tolerated spinsters living upon the grudging patronage of sister's husband or brother's wife! - stuck away in some little mousetrap of a room - encouraged by one in-law to visit another - little birdlike women without any nest - eating the crust of humility all their life!

Is that the future that we've mapped out for ourselves? I swear it's the only alternative I can think of! [She pauses.] It isn't a very pleasant alternative, is it? [She pauses again.] Of course - some girls do marry." (2.34, Amanda).

Amanda believes it is a woman’s duty to marry.

Quote #5

"House, house! Who pays rent on it, who makes a slave of himself to—" (3.17, Tom).

Tom makes it clear that he is fulfilling his responsibilities at the moment.

Quote #6

"What right have you got to jeopardize your job? Jeopardize the security of us all? How do you think we’d manage if you were—" (3.33, Amanda)

Amanda believes that, since her husband left, Tom is responsible for their family.

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