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All My Sons

All My Sons

by Arthur Miller

Memory and the Past Quotes

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Quote #1

Frank: Larry was born in August. He'd been twenty-seven this month. And his tree blows down. (1.30)

Frank is making a retroactive horoscope for Larry, which is why he remembers the missing soldier's birthday.

Quote #2

Keller: She's dreaming about him again. She's walking around at night. (1.162)

Keller is frustrated by his wife's stubborn refusal to accept the death of their son Larry.

Quote #3

Mother: Everything that happened seems to be coming back. I was just down the cellar, and what do I stumble over? His baseball glove. I haven't seen it in a century. (1.254)

Kate subtly but very powerfully inserts reminders of Larry into the conversation, making it more difficult for Joe and Chris to be honest with her about their own belief that he's dead. She wants to maintain a certain reality.

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