„She was so evidently the victim of the civilization which had produced her, that the links of her bracelet seemed like manacles chaining her to her fate.“

—  Edith Wharton, kniha The House of Mirth
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„The fate of America is already decided — Behold her independent beyond recovery. — But will She be free and happy?“

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