| Quote #7
Seeing her mother’s expression, Laura touches her lips with a nervous gesture. (Scene Two, stage directions).
Laura feels guilty for being unable to please her mother.
| Quote #8
"Oh! I felt so weak I could barely keep on my feet! I had to sit down while they got me a glass of water! Fifty dollars' tuition, all of our plans - my hopes and ambitions for you - just gone up the spout, just gone up the spout like that." (2.16, Amanda).
Amanda fails in her attempts to mold her children as she desires.
| Quote #9
"Mother, when you’re disappointed, you get that awful suffering look on your face, like the picture of Jesus’ mother in the museum!" (2.31, Laura).
Laura often displays her insight into her mother’s moods and actions.