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The Glass Menagerie

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.

Quote #10

[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 #11

"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.

Quote #12

"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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