by Thornton Wilder
Our Town Drugs and Alcohol Quotes
How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Act.Line). Every time a character talks counts as one line, even if what they say turns into a long monologue.
Well, he’s seen a peck of trouble, one thing after another…Oh, Bill…if you see my boy smoking cigarettes, just give him a word, will you? He thinks a lot of you, Bill. (I.427)
Mr. Webb justifies Simon Stimson’s drinking problem with the knowledge that his life has had a lot of problems. He wants to make sure that his son doesn’t fall into a similar pattern of substance abuse.
I guess I know more about Simon Stimson’s affairs than anybody in this town. Some people ain’t made for small-town life. I don’t know how that’ll end; but there’s nothing we can do but just leave it alone. (I.390)
No one seems to know how to help Simon Stimson.