| Quote #25
"You modern young people are so much more serious-minded than my generation. I was so gay as a girl!"
The presence of only a single gentleman caller sent Amanda back to her role as a Southern Belle.
| Quote #26
"No, Ma’am, not work but—Betty!"
Williams uses obvious and dramatic effects in this play on the grounds that memory can dramatize and alter reality. Interestingly enough, just like the characters we are watching, we become ensconced in an alternate reality.
| Quote #27
"Then all at once my sister touches my shoulder. I turn around and look into her eyes. Oh, Laura, Laura, I tried to leave you behind me, but I am more faithful than I intended to be! I reach for a cigarette, I cross the street, I run into the movies or a bar, I buy a drink, I speak to the nearest stranger—anything that can blow your candles out! For nowadays the world is lit by lightning! Blow out your candles, Laura—and so, goodbye… (7.321, Tom).
Although he escapes his family in body, Tom’s memory is forever stuck in his past, just as Amanda’s.