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The Glass Menagerie

The Glass Menagerie

by Tennessee Williams
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The Glass Menagerie Family Quotes

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Quote #1

[in a tone of frightened apology]: "I'm crippled!" "Nonsense, Laura, I've told you never, never to use that word. Why, you're not crippled, you just have a little defect - hardly noticeable, even! When people have some slight disadvantage like that, they cultivate other things to make up for it - develop charm - and vivacity - and - charm! That's all you have to do!" (2.47-2.50, Laura and Amanda).


Amanda has a mother’s unconditional love for her children, so much so that she is unable to see anything wrong with her daughter.

Quote #2

"Don’t you use that—" "—supposed to do!" "—expression, Not in my—" "Ohhh!" "—presence! Have you gone out of your senses?" "I have, that’s true, driven out!" (3.4-3.9, Amanda and Tom).


Tom and Amanda frequently argue in stereotypical yelling matches of mother and son.

Quote #3

"You will hear more, you—" "No, I won’t hear more, I’m going out!" "You come right back in—" "Out, out, out! Because I’m—" "Come back here, Tom Wingfield! I’m not through talking to you!" "Oh, go—" [desperately]: "--Tom!" (3.22-3.28, Amanda, Tom, and Laura).


Laura watches helplessly as Tom and Amanda fight with each other.

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