The Glass Menagerie
How we cite our quotes:
There's so many things in my heart that I cannot describe to you! I've never told you but I-loved your father…"
[gentle]: "I know that, Mother." (4.61, 4.62, Amanda and Tom).
Amanda does not automatically associate love with marriage.
"Laura, Laura, were you in love with that boy?"
"I don’t know, Mother. All I know is I couldn’t sit at the table if it was him!" (6.35, 6.36, Amanda and Laura).
The intensity of Laura’s feelings for Jim becomes evident as the play progresses.
"Ha-ha, that’s very funny! [Suddenly he is serious.] I’m glad to see that you have a sense of humor. You know –you’re—well—very different! Surprisingly different from anyone else I know! [His voice becomes soft and hesitant with a genuine feeling.] Do you mind me telling you that? I mean it in a nice way—You make me feel sort of—I don’t know how to put it! I’m usually pretty good at expressing things, but—this is something that I don’t know how to say! Has anyone ever told you that you were pretty? Well, you are! In a very different way from anyone else. And all the nicer because of the difference, too." (7.262, Jim).
Jim’s feelings for Laura are based on her as an individual, not her prescribed gender role.