How we cite our quotes:
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.
I’ve married over two hundred couples in my day. Do I believe in it? I don’t know. M…marries N…millions of them. (II.379-82)
The minister is uncertain about the institution of marriage, finding it amusing that millions of people participate in it.