The Glass Menagerie
How we cite our quotes:
"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.
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.
[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.