The Glass Menagerie
How we cite our quotes:
"I know so well what becomes of unmarried woman who aren't prepared to occupy a position. I've seen such pitiful cases in the South - barely tolerated spinsters living upon the grudging patronage of sister's husband or brother's wife! - stuck away in some little mousetrap of a room - encouraged by one in-law to visit another - little birdlike women without any nest - eating the crust of humility all their life!
Is that the future that we've mapped out for ourselves? I swear it's the only alternative I can think of! [She pauses.] It isn't a very pleasant alternative, is it? [She pauses again.] Of course - some girls do marry." (2.34, Amanda).
Amanda makes no mention of love in her discussion of marriage for Laura.
"Haven’t you ever liked some boy?"
"Yes. I liked one once. I came across his picture a while ago." (2.34, 2.35, Amanda and Laura).
The strength of Laura’s feelings for Jim is at first unclear.
"He used to call me – Blue Roses."
Screen image: Blue Roses. (2.43, Scene Two stage directions).
Laura’s feelings for Jim stem from his ability to recognize her as someone unique from others.