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The Time Traveler's Wife

The Time Traveler's Wife

by Audrey Niffenegger

Marriage Quotes

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Quote #1

[Grandma to Clare:] "Goodness, Clare, why in the world would you want to marry such a person? Think of the children you would have! Popping into next week and back before breakfast." (1.7.6.)

From the traditional perspective of Clare's grandmother, Henry makes very bad husband material. Who, in her opinion, might make good husband material?

Quote #2

[Henry to Clare:] "You know that I love you. Will you marry me?" [Clare:] "Yes... Henry. […] But you know, really… I already have." (1.11.54)

Clare has known that she'd marry Henry since she was a little girl, so getting married to him isn't exactly a big deal. Plus, in Henry's future, he's already married to Clare. In this sense, they're already married somewhere in time.

Quote #3

[Richard DeTamble to Clare:] "Henry has chosen well […] He isn't calibrated to bring peace to anyone's life. In fact, he is in many ways the opposite of his mother. […] Tell me, Clare: why on earth would a lovely girl like you want to marry Henry?" (1.11.110.)

Henry's father thinks that his son's condition makes him very poor husband material. At the same time, he concedes that Clare is the right candidate for Henry because she loves him, which might help them overcome the obstacles in their marriage.

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