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Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Quotes

Quote #1

Martha: Make me another drink…lover.
George: My God, you can swill it down, can't you? (1.17)

This is the first of George's many jabs at Martha's alcoholism. If he has such a big problem with it, why does he always make her drinks?

Quote #2

George: Martha? Rubbing alcohol for you? […] Martha's tastes in liquor have come down…simplified over the years…crystallized. [1.198-200]

George is referencing Martha's increasing descent into alcoholism. Could this reflect the disintegration of their marriage?

Quote #3

George: I'll tote you gin bottles out after midnight so no one'll see. (1.451)

George seems to be a real enabler when it comes to Martha's alcoholism. Does he do this out of pity, hatred, or love? All three perhaps?

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