expand sectionIntroduction

 expand sectionChapter One  The Modernization of Friendship and Marriage
 collapse sectionChapter Two  Distinctive Values of Friendship
 First Glimpses of Husbands and Best Friends
 Distinctive Values of Close Friendships
 Women's Culture Defended: Women Friends as Mothers
 Understanding and Women's Sphere
 If Not Unique, Preferred
 Unique Values of Marriage
 Comparing Close Friendship and Marriage
 Do Values of Friendship Interfere with Marriage?
 Community, Power, and Love
 expand sectionChapter Three  Close Friendship as an Institution
 expand sectionChapter Four  Friendship and Individuality
 expand sectionChapter Five  Women Friends and Marriage Work
 expand sectionChapter Six  Conclusion: Friendship and Community

 expand sectionNOTES
  Appendix A: Methods of Research
  Appendix B: Interview
 expand sectionIndex

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