All My Sons
Lies and Deceit Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
Keller: I want a clean start for you, Chris. I want a new sign over the plant – Christopher Keller, Incorporated.
Chris: [a little uneasily] J.O. Keller is good enough. (1.583-4)
Chris's deceit lies in his refusal to investigate his own suspicions. He won't accuse his father of wrongdoing, yet he doesn't want his name dragged into the business.
Sue: I've got nothing against Joe. But if Chris wants people to put on the hair shirt let him take off his broadcloth. He's driving my husband crazy with that phony idealism of his, and I'm at the end of my rope on it! (2.89)
Ouch. What a thing to hear about your fiancée. On your engagement day, no less! Sue's accusations make Ann suspicious that Chris knows more about his father than he admits.
Ann: I don't care what they think, I just don't understand why you took the trouble to deny it. You said it was all forgotten. (2.113)
Ann's realization that Chris lied about this makes her suspicious. What else might he be lying about? His father's guilt?