| Quote #13
"But sister is all by her lonesome. You go keep her company in the parlor! I’ll give you this lovely old candelabrum that used to be on the altar at the Church of the Heavenly Rest." (7.34, Amanda).
Amanda shamelessly takes action towards her plan for she and Laura’s future.
| Quote #14
"Well, it was quite a wonderful exposition. What impressed me most was the Hall of Science. Gives you an idea of what the future will be in America, even more wonderful than the present time is!" (7.67, Jim).
Jim’s idealism toward the future reflects the American Dream of progress and growth.
| Quote #15
"You think of yourself as having the only problems, as being the only one who is disappointed. But just look around you and you will see lots of people as disappointed as you are. For instance, I hoped when I was going to high school that I would be further along this time, six years later, than I am now." (7.76, Jim).
Jim, like Amanda, discusses the past, but in a more instructive and beneficial way.