| Quote #1
"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!
Amanda makes no mention of love in her discussion of marriage for Laura.
| Quote #2
"Haven’t you ever liked some boy?"
The strength of Laura’s feelings for Jim is at first unclear.
| Quote #3
"He used to call me – Blue Roses."
Laura’s feelings for Jim stem from his ability to recognize her as someone unique from others.