| Quote #16
"Lots of fellows meet girls whom they don’t marry!"
Amanda uses older and more traditional ideas on dating and marriage, in contrast to Tom.
| Quote #17
"That is the way such things are handled to keep a young woman from making a tragic mistake!"
Amanda has very specific requirements for Laura’s potential husband, many of them deriving from the quirks of her own marriage.
| Quote #18
"All of my gentlemen callers were sons of planters and so of course I assumed that I would be married to one and raise my family on a large piece of lad with plenty of servants. But man proposes—and woman accepts the proposal! To vary that old, old saying a little bit—I married no planter! I married a man who worked for a telephone company! That gallantly smiling man over there! A telephone man who—fell in love with long distance! Now he travels and I don’t even know where!" (6.139, Amanda).
Even in the presence of guests, Amanda can not stop from discussing her absent husband.