| Quote #1
The ten thousand dollars is the first thing on everyone's mind because they are so accustomed to being worried about having enough money. Like many Americans the Youngers have had to struggle to make ends meet.
| Quote #2
The Younger family is so poverty-stricken that Ruth must deny her child money required for class. She's really short with Travis about this. We wonder if her snippiness belies a sense of shame.
| Quote #3
WALTER (Without even looking at his son, still staring hard at his wife)
Walter tries to prevent the family's economic status from affecting his son. He wants his son to have everything he ought to have.