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Last Updated on June 19, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 422

The following are some significant quotes from The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer:

Chapter One

Greer didn't really know why Faith took interest. But what she knew for sure, eventually, was that meeting Faith Frank would be the thrilling beginning of everything. It would be a very long time before...

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The following are some significant quotes from The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer:

Chapter One

Greer didn't really know why Faith took interest. But what she knew for sure, eventually, was that meeting Faith Frank would be the thrilling beginning of everything. It would be a very long time before the unspeakable end (p. 4).

This quote both introduces the significance of Faith's presence in Greer's life and foreshadows the dramatic turn their relationship will take.

She sometimes said "I don't know," even when she did know. What she meant was that it was more comfortable to stay in vagueness than to leave it (p. 18).

This quote shows Greer's passivity at the beginning of the book but also provides commentary on a phrase common among women (particularly young women) in America.

Chapter Two

She didn't understand why she was so easily willing to take on this predetermined female role. But then she realized she actually sort of liked it, because it made her part of a long chain of women who had done exactly this (p. 73).

This is another strong feminist observation from the author and shows Greer beginning to gain awareness of her positionally as a woman.

Chapter Five

Power and love didn't often live side by side. If one came in, the other might go (p. 172).

This quote powerfully encapsulates the novel's themes of both power and love.

Chapter Nine

She remembered something Faith had said to the team once, early on: "Men give women the power that they themselves don't want." She'd meant the power to run the home, to deal with the children and their friends and teachers, to make all decisions about the domestic realm (p. 325).

This is a powerful feminist observation by Wolitzer and greatly contributes to the novel's theme of power and gender.

Chapter Fifteen

Ben, who was still at Loci, told Greer that Faith often stayed late at work, and because her new office was so much smaller, she'd had to have a few inches shaved off the top and bottom of her suffrage-door desk so that it could still fit. Greer imagined Faith sitting there grimly watching as someone came in with a saw and cut down the door (p. 450).

This quote demonstrates how Faith has "fallen" by the end of the novel. It shows her bold, once larger-than-life feminist ideals being (literally) shaved down to fit her allotted station in life. This also shows Faith being humanized for Greer, who begins to see her as a flawed individual rather than a perfect symbol.

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