The Glass Menagerie
Abandonment Quotes Page 3
How we cite our quotes:
"And you-when I see you taking after his ways! Staying out late-and-well, you had been drinking the night you were in that-terrifying condition! Laura says that you hate the apartment and that you go out nights to get away from it! Is that true, Tom?" (4.63, Amanda).
Amanda accurately points out that Tom takes after his father, both in his nights out and in his later abandonment of the family.
"Oh, I can see the handwriting on the wall as plain as I can see the nose in front of my face! It's terrifying! More and more you remind me of your father! He was out all hours without explanation!-Then left! Goodbye! And me with the bag to hold. I saw that letter you got from the Merchant Marine. I know what you're dreaming of. I'm not standing here blindfolded. Very well, then. Then do it! But not till there's somebody to take your place." (4.91, Amanda).
Amanda is OK with the idea of Tom abandoning the family – as long as there is someone around to take care of Laura.
"How about your mother?"
"I'm like my father. The bastard son of a bastard! Did you notice how he's grinning in his picture in there? And he's been absent going in sixteen years!" (6.127, 6.128, Jim and Tom).
Tom preferentially sides with his missing father rather than his mother.