| Quote #4
Ann: I wish we could tell her now. I can't stand scheming. My stomach gets hard.
Chris is afraid of his mother's reaction and keeps making excuses to avoid telling her about the engagement.
| Quote #5
George: You're not going to marry him.
In comparison to the friendly, circuitous way that Chris and Joe approach things, George a straight shooter.
| Quote #6
George: And my father, that frightened mouse who'd never buy a shirt without somebody along – that man would dare do such a thing on his own? (2.273)
George believes his father because he knows the characters of the two men involved. Joe's a bull, and Steve's a mouse. Steve never would have made a huge decision on his own.