The Glass Menagerie
by Tennessee Williams
The Glass Menagerie Family Quotes
How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Scene.Line). Every time a character talks counts as one line, even if what they say turns into a big long monologue.
[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.
"Don’t you use that—"
"—supposed to do!"
"—expression, Not in my—"
"—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.
"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!"
[desperately]: "--Tom!" (3.22-3.28, Amanda, Tom, and Laura).
Laura watches helplessly as Tom and Amanda fight with each other.