The Merry Wives of Windsor
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In love the heavens themselves do guide the state; Money buys lands, and wives are sold by fate. (5.5.209-210)
Throughout the play, we heard a lot of talk about the economic aspects of Anne's potential marriage. We've also heard a lot of talk about Falstaff wanting to get with the rich housewives to solve his financial troubles. But, by the play's end, the characters finally acknowledge that love should be the only thing that motivates marriage.