by Elizabeth Bishop
Filling Station Family Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Line)
Father wears a dirty,
oil-soaked monkey suit
that cuts him under the arms, (7-9)
The apparent head of the family, and head of the station, wears a dirty suit that's too small for him. This might mean he doesn't care about what he looks like, or more likely, that he can't afford a better suit. This tells us the family might be a poor one.
and several quick and saucy
and greasy sons assist him (8-9)
He's got sons! Several of them, and they're real slick kids and they're helping papa run the family business. We have a feeling that someday, they'll be sporting an ill-fitting monkey suit, just like papa.