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The Glass Menagerie

The Glass Menagerie

by Tennessee Williams

Weakness Quotes

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Quote #16

A fragile, unearthly prettiness has come out in Laura: she is like a piece of translucent glass touched by light, given a momentary radiance, not actual, not lasting. (Stage directions, Scene Six).

Laura’s beauty is inherently tied to her fragility.

Quote #17

"Why are you trembling?"

"Mother, you’ve made me so nervous!"

"How have I made you nervous?"

"By all this fuss! You make it seem so important!" (6.2-6.5, Amanda and Laura.)

Laura’s shyness puts her constantly at odds with her mother.

Quote #18

"There was a Jim O’Connor we both knew in high school—[then, with effort] If that is the one that Tom is bringing to dinner—you’ll have to excuse me, I won’t come to the table. (6.30, Laura).

Despite her shyness and weakness, Laura takes seemingly firm stands against her mother.

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