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Quote #10

Honey: (Apologetically, holding up her brandy bottle) I peel labels.
George: We all peel labels, sweetie; and when you get through the skin, […] When you get down to bone […] There's something inside the bone…the marrow…and that's what you gotta get at. (3.259-3.261)

George's riff on peeling labels gets at the central message of the play: we must strip ourselves of illusion. It's ironic, in this instance, that a bottle of alcohol is the starting place for the metaphor, as alcohol is a time-honored way of avoiding reality.

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