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Quote #4

"When I had that attack of pleurosis – he asked me what was the matter when I came back." (2.45, Laura).

Laura’s physical weaknesses and sickness highlight her shyness and mental fragility.

Quote #5

Laura utters a startled, doubtful laugh. She reaches quickly for a piece of glass. (Scene Two, stage directions).

Laura uses the glass animals as an escape from reality, just as Tom uses the movies.

Quote #6

"But mother—"

"Yes?"

[in a tone of frightened apology]: "I’m crippled!"

"Nonsense, Laura, I’ve told you never, never to use that word." (2.47-2.50, Laura and Amanda).

Amanda’s later frustration with Laura’s shyness stems from her inability to see Laura as having any issues at all.

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