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The Glass Menagerie

The Glass Menagerie


by Tennessee Williams

The Glass Menagerie Marriage 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 #7

"I didn’t care for the girl that he went out with. Emily Meisenbach. Emily was the best-dressed girl at Soldan. She never struck me, though, as being sincere…It says in the Personal Section – they’re engaged. That’s – six years ago! They must be married by now." (2.45, Laura).

Laura subtly envies what she thinks is another woman’s marriage to Jim.

Quote #8

"Girls that aren’t cut out for business careers usually wind up married to some nice man. [She gets up with a spark of revival.] Sister, that’s what you’ll do!" (2.46, Amanda.)

Amanda sees marriage as a tool for Laura’s safety and security.

Quote #9

"When people have some slight disadvantage like that, they cultivate other things to male up for it - develop charm - and vivacity - and - charm! That's all you have to do!" [She turns again to the photograph]. "One thing your father always had plenty of – was charm!" (2.50, Amanda).

Despite his having left her, Amanda’s comments with regard to her husband are all attempts at being positive.

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