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Quote #1

The house is two stories high and had seven rooms. It would have cost perhaps fifteen thousand in the early twenties when it was built. (1.1)

Miller establishes in the setting that the Kellers' financial comfort defines them.

Quote #2

Chris: If I have to grub for money all day long at least at evening I want it beautiful. I want a family, I want some kids, I want to build something I can give myself to. Annie is in the middle of that. (1.219)

Chris hopes he can maintain a balance of making money and building a life he can believe in. His idealism prevents him from acknowledging the reality of the business he's inheriting.

Quote #3

Keller: I can afford another bag of potatoes. (1.238)

Keller threw the potatoes away because he thought they were garbage. This wastefulness provides an interesting contrast to his crime of saving machine parts (which actually were garbage) and selling them to the military.

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