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"Paul, I think I'm gonna be a lousy wife. But don't be angry with me. I love you very much—and I'm very sexy!"

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Corie Bratter places all her self-worth and value into being the perfect wife to her husband, Paul. Sexist microaggressions are present throughout this play, and this quote is a prime example. Corie expects Paul to be angry at her lack of wifely skills, and she attempts to avoid punishment by distracting him with her sexuality.

"Make him feel important. If you do that, you'll have a happy and wonderful marriage—like two out of every ten couples."

This quote comments on the lack of happiness in many marriages, as well as the issue of the expectation of women to disregard their own desires in order to please their husbands. All can agree that making one's significant other feel important is a key step to having a happy marriage, yet, for the other eight couples, other important aspects are lacking.

"I feel like we've died and gone to heaven—only we had to climb up."

The greatest rewards in life require the greatest amount of work. The struggle makes the reward all the sweeter.

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