The following are a list of quotes from A Long Fatal Love Chase by Louisa May Alcott. They are from the edition with ISBN number 0-679-44510-2. They are listed chronologically and adhere to the Modern Language Association's (MLA) guidelines for quotes to the best of my ability minus the author's last name in the actual parenthetical citation. I have cataloged them under thematic concept and included an introduction sentence to the quote.
Rose's desperation and will to take her freedom is the first sentence and dialog of the book: "'I tell you I cannot bear it! I shall do something desperate if this life is not changed soon. It gets worse and worse, and I often feel as if I'd gladly sell my soul to Satan for a year of freedom'" (3).
Even in the face of one more knowledgeable about the world, Rose refuses to believe that liberty and happiness cannot be achieved by every person:
"There is very little real liberty in the world; even those who seem freest are often the most tightly bound. Law, custom, public opinion, fear or shame make slaves of us all, as you will find when you try your experiment," said Tempest with a bitter smile.
"Law and custom I know nothing of, public opinion I despise, and fear I defy, for everyone has a right to be happy in their own way." (8)
Tempest wants to see how far he can push Rose before she breaks, but she refuses to give him that satisfaction:
"Suppose I broke away and left you, or made it impossible for you to stay. That I was base and false; in every way unworthy of your love, and it was clearly right for you to go, what would you do then?"
"Go away and--"
He interrupted with a triumphant laugh, "Die as heroines always do, tender slaves as they are."
"No, live and forget you," was the unexpected reply.
"Do you think that possible if you still loved me?"
"Everything is possible to a strong will. If it was right to cease loving you, I'd do it if I spent my whole life in the task." She clenched her hand with a resolute gesture.
As Rose learns the truth of Tempest's deceit, she struggles with her resolve to break free from his tight grasp:
"The sin is yours, but the shame and sorrow are mine; the past I cannot retrieve, the future is still unspoiled and I will not embitter it by any willful sin. Before I was innocently guilty, now I should be doubly guilty if I went back to the 'gay free life I love.' Atone for the wrong you have done me by ceasing to tempt and trouble me. I will not yield, though you hunt me to death." (101)