Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Quotes

Quote #1

Martha: Well…you're going bald.
George: So are you. (Pause…they both laugh) Hello, honey.
Martha: Hello. C'mon over here and give your mommy a big sloppy kiss.(1.28-1.131)

This is a perfect example of the complex web of love and hate that binds George and Martha together. They each seem to love the other's skill at crafting cruel insults.

Quote #2

Martha: I swear…if you existed I'd divorce you […] I haven't been able to see you for years […] you're a blank, a cipher (1.144-1.148)

Harsh words. Martha is constantly citing George's lack of a personality and drive as the cause of the rift in their marriage.

Quote #3

George: I'll hold your hand when it's dark and you're afraid of the bogey man […] but I will not light you cigarette. (1.451)

We think there's a pretty good chance that George is being sincere here when he mentions comforting Martha at night, but it's also exposing her weakness to the guests. Once again love and hate arrive in the same sentence.

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