The Glass Menagerie
"You modern young people are so much more serious-minded than my generation. I was so gay as a girl!"
"You haven’ changed, Mrs. Wingfield."
"Tonight I’m rejuvenated! The gaiety of the occasion, Mr. O’Connor." (7.276-7.278, Amanda and Jim).
"No, Ma’am, not work but—Betty!"
[He crosses deliberately to pick up his hat. The band at the Paradise Dance Hall goes into a tender waltz.]
"Betty? Betty? Who’s—Betty?"
[There is an ominous cracking sound in the sky.] (7.289, 7.290, Jim and Amanda, Scene Seven stage directions).
"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).