The importance of family is shown through example, as the sisters face numerous crises of the heart. Discretion is shown to be more favorable than gossip, as the evils of gossip are shown through the behavior of some of the characters. The powerful nature of love is a strong theme, as are empathy and integrity.
Tame discussions of characters who leave town when their lovers become pregnant. Intense discussions of poetic love, exemplified in Shakespeare's sonnets and in the intensity of the character Marianne.
In one scene, a female dog is referred to as a "bitch."
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink wine at dinner and at social occasions; during one dinner, an older couple drinks wine and acts intoxicated as they giggle and gossip and make jokes at the expense of one of the characters.