| Quote #10
[in a tone of frightened apology]: "I'm crippled!"
Amanda is blinded by a mother’s love to the actualities of Laura’s situation.
| Quote #11
"Let me tell you—" "I don’t want to hear anymore!" (3.20, 3.21, Amanda and Tom).
Tom chooses to forcibly shut out reality, choosing instead to escape to the movies.
| Quote #12
[with great enthusiasm]: "Try and you will succeed! [The notion makes her breathless.] Why, you - you're just full of natural endowments! Both of my children-they're unusual children! Don't you think I know it? I'm so-proud! Happy and-feel I've-so much to be thankful for…" (4.39, Amanda).
Amanda deludes herself into thinking that matters are far better than they actually are.