Same name, same sartorial obsessions, same irritating approaches to romance — but can you distinguish between their quotes?

"/> Sister Carrie or Carrie Bradshaw? A Quote Quiz — The Airship
By Kate Gavino

Same names, same sartorial obsessions, same irritating approaches to romance — but they lived on opposite ends of the 20th century. Theodore Dreiser’s Sister Carrie was considered a scandalous character for her time as a woman who used men to her advantage and never got punished for doing so. Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw sometimes does the same, but in slightly more daring outfits.

Can you tell the differences between these two? See for yourself by differentiating between their quotes:

1. “When a girl leaves her home at eighteen, she does one of two things. Either she falls into saving hands and becomes better, or she rapidly assumes the cosmopolitan standard of virtue and becomes worse.”
2. “And we were dressed from head to toe in love ... the only label that never goes out of style.”
3. “A real flame of love is a subtle thing.”
4. “All men should be good, all women virtuous.”
5. “Four-hour conversations flew by in the space of fifteen minutes, and a few days apart felt like weeks. … the law of relativity would have to be amended to include a special set of rules, those to explain the peculiar effects of infatuation.”
6. “It was hard to imagine that anyone so beautiful could ever be lonely.”
7. “She was eighteen years of age, bright, timid, and full of the illusions of ignorance and youth.”
8. “She didn't actually work for a living, yet possessed a dazzling sexual power that she exploited to her full advantage, which presented a certain conundrum.”
9. “She realised in a dim way how much the city held -—wealth, fashion, ease — every adornment for women, and she longed for dress and beauty with a whole heart.”
10. “She had heard of the Hudson River, the great city of New York, and now she looked out, filling her mind with the wonder of it.”
11. “After New York, Brooklyn looked actually poor and hard-up.”
12. “Women have the right to use every means at their disposal to achieve power.”
13. “Man may have discovered fire, but women discovered how to play with it.”
14. “It doesn’t do you any good to go away from New York. They forget all about you if you do.”
15. “There comes a point in every relationship when romance gives way to reality.”
16. “Carrie bought the shoes and some other things, which complicated the rent problem very seriously.”
17. “She might have been said to be imagining herself in love, when she was not. Women frequently do this.”
18. “All the right things, said at all the wrong times. My past, coming back way too fast, and my future taking … too long to come home.”

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Kate Gavino is a writer living in Brooklyn. She has written for 7STOPS, CMJ and The Prattler, and is currently working on a novel.

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