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The Glass Menagerie

The Glass Menagerie


by Tennessee Williams

The Glass Menagerie Love 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 #1

"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.

Quote #2

"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.

Quote #3

"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.

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