The Glass Menagerie
Abandonment Quotes Page 4
How we cite our quotes:
"I married a man who worked for a telephone company! That gallantly smiling man over there! A telephone man who-fell in love with long distance! Now he travels and I don't even know where!" (6.139, Amanda).
Amanda’s character is made more sympathetic by her discussions of the husband that abandoned her.
"That's right, now that you've had us all make such fools of ourselves. The effort, the preparations, all the expense! The new floor lamp, the rug, the clothes for Laura! All for what? To entertain some other girl's fiancé! Go to the movies, go! Don't think about us, an unmarried sister who's crippled and has no job! Don't let anything interfere with your selfish pleasure! Just go, go, go-to the movies!" (7.319, Amanda).
Amanda believes that Tom abandoned the family – in spirit – by bringing an unsuitable caller home for Laura.
"GO, then! Go to the moon-you selfish dreamer!" (7.320, Amanda).
Amanda finally gives up on Tom, in a way abandoning him before he abandons her and Laura.