The Glass Menagerie
How we cite our quotes:
"Please, please, please, you go!"
"You’ll have to go the door because I can’t."
"I can’t go either!"
"I’m sick!" (6.51-6.57, Laura and Amanda).
Laura uses her physical weaknesses to explain her mental ones.
"Excuse me—I haven’t finished playing the Victrola…"[She turns awkwardly and hurries into the front room. She pauses a second by the Victrola. Then she catches her breath and darts through the portieres like a frightened deer.] (6.69, Scene Six stage directions).
Laura uses the Victrola as means to explain retreating, just as Tom uses the movies.
Laura suddenly stumbles; she catches at a chair with a faint moan. (Scene Six stage directions).
Laura’s fragility manifests itself physically.