| Quote #4
"Find out one that’s clean-living—doesn’t drink and ask him out for sister!" (4.101, Amanda).
Amanda’s concern for alcoholism is excessive, extending both to her son and to her daughter’s potential suitor.
| Quote #5
"Tom, he—doesn’t drink?"
Only towards the end of the play does Williams reveal the source of Amanda’s concern over alcohol: that her husband drank.
| Quote #6
"Old maids are better off than wives of drunkards!" (5.77, Amanda).
Amanda’s fear of alcoholism is so great that she even compromises her desire for Laura to get married at any cost.