by Thornton Wilder
Our Town Marriage 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.
Oh, I’ve got to say it: you know, there’s something downright cruel about sending our girls out into marriage this way. I hope some of her girl friends have told her a thing or two. It’s cruel, I know, but I couldn’t bring myself to say anything. I went into it blind as a bat myself. (II. 310-1)
Emily is a virgin and knows very little about sex. That’s just the way brides went into marriage at this time.
Don’t you remember that you used to say, – all the time you used to say – all the time: that I was your girl! There must be lots of places we can go to. I’ll work for you. I could keep house. (II.347)
Scared to belong to another man and leave her childhood behind, Emily begs her father to let her stay.