All My Sons
Justice and Judgment Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
Mother: Stop that, Bert. Go home. [Bert backs up, as she advances.] There's no jail here. (1.318)
Kate doesn't want Joe to play the jail game with the neighbor kids because it reminds everyone that Joe's partner is in jail – and that he put him there.
Mother: That's why there's God. Otherwise anything could happen. But there's God, so certain things can never happen. (1.410)
It may be a mushy personal theology, but Kate needs it. If she accepts that Larry was killed, she has to also accept the evil of her husband's crime and her own complicity with it.
Ann: He knowingly shipped out part that would crash an airplane. And how do you know Larry wasn't one of them?
Mother: I was waiting for that. [Going to her] As long as you're here, Annie, I want to ask you never to say that again. (1.464)
Ann doesn't know it, but she's damning the people she's talking to. No wonder Joe is so forgiving and compassionate in his judgment of her father. He's guilty himself.