The Time Traveler's Wife
by Audrey Niffenegger
Sex Quotes in The Time Traveler's Wife
How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Book.Chapter.Paragraph)
[Clare:] As I walk into the kitchen to get a drink someone behind me says, "Check out Miss-Look-But-Don't-Touch!" (1.5.60)
Because Clare is committed to Henry and their secret relationship, and therefore not interested in any of the guys at school, her peers think she's sexually inhibited.
[Helen to Clare:] "You are, like, cross-eyed with lust. I am ashamed of you. How could you let yourself get into such a state? […] Seriously, Clare, why don't you get it over with?" (1.5.60) [Clare:] "I can't."
Clare refuses to have sex with another man just to get it over with. She wants her first time to be with Henry, since she knows that he's the man she loves and will be with in her future. Yet, she struggles with her budding hormones.
[Clare to Henry:] "[…] no, [Jason] didn't rape me. He just – hurt me." […] She peels her shirt off, and I see that her back covered with bruises. (1.5.190)
Jason hurt Clare because she rejected him when he wanted to sleep with her. He saw her rejection as an insult to his manhood and self-confidence, which is why he lashed out and hurt her.