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Our Town

Our Town


by Thornton Wilder

Our Town Gender Quotes

How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Act.Line). Every time a character talks counts as one line, even if what they say turns into a long monologue.

Quote #7

I always expect a man to be perfect and I think he should be…Well, my father is, and as far as I can see your father is. There’s no reason on earth why you shouldn’t be, too. (II.205, 207)

Emily expects all men to be perfect and will not accept anything less from a potential boyfriend.

Quote #8

Well, I feel it’s the other way round. That men aren’t naturally good; but girls are. (II.208)

George argues that women are naturally good.

Quote #9

Well, you might as well know right now that I’m not perfect. It’s not as easy for a girl to be perfect as a man, because we girls are more – more – nervous. (II.209)

Emily claims girls are more nervous than boys and so cannot be expected to be perfect.

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