| Quote #7
"I don't know what you're trying to fasten upon me, for I'm not in the least an adventurous spirit. Women are not like men."
Ralph notes aptly that women and men aren’t actually that different when it comes to courage – men are just expected to have it, and expect themselves to have it, while women are the opposite.
| Quote #8
"No – I don't; I shall try to console myself with that. But there are a certain number of very dazzling men in the world, no doubt; and if there were only one it would be enough. The most dazzling of all will make straight for you. You'll be sure to take no one who isn't dazzling."
Isabel asserts her belief that she doesn’t need any man to teach her how to live. Caspar Goodwood admits his own weakness, saying that he can’t live without her, although he wishes that he could.
| Quote #9
"You ought to see a great many men," Madame Merle remarked; "you ought to see as many as possible, so as to get used to them."
Madame Merle’s attitude towards men is disdainful. She only acknowledges that a few of them are worth associating with.