| Quote #7
Martha: we take our tears, and we put 'em in the icebox, in the goddamn ice trays[…]until they're frozen[…]and then…we put them…in our…drinks. (3.1)
Here's quite a poignant metaphor for drowning sorrows in alcohol.
| Quote #8
Nick: You should try me sometime when we haven't been dinking for ten hours (3.26)
Nick uses drinking as an excuse for his impotence, but are there deeper reasons? Disgust? Shame?
| Quote #9
Martha: You [Nick] just stay where you are. Make my hubby a drink. (3.96)
Making the drinks has been George's job for the whole play. Now, Martha is ordering Nick to do it. What could this sudden shift symbolize?