| Quote #1
Bert: Tommy said another dirty word to Doris yesterday, and you didn't even demote him.
Keller is a playful father figure to the neighborhood boys. Chris admires his rapport with them.
| Quote #2
Chris: I've been a good son too long, a good sucker. I'm through with it. (1.215)
Loyalty to his family is getting in the way of Chris's personal happiness.
| Quote #3
Keller: I want you to spread out, Chris, I want you to use what I made for you… I mean, with joy, Chris, without shame… with joy. (1.585)
To be sympathetic to Joe's situation, we really have to get behind the idea that he did it all for his family.