The Glass Menagerie
"After the fiasco at Rubicam’s Business college, the idea of getting a gentlemen caller for Laura began to play a more important part in mother’s calculations. It became an obsession. Like some archetype of the universal unconscious, the image of the gentleman caller haunted our small apartment…" (3.1, Tom).
Now we see Amanda; her hair is in metal curlers and she is wearing a very old bathrobe, much too large for her slight figure, a relic of the faithless Mr. Wingfield. (Scene Three, stage directions).
"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).