| Quote #1
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.
| Quote #2
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.
| Quote #3
But, Julia! To have the organist of a church drink and drunk year after year. You know he was drunk tonight. (I.371)
The small town gossip revolves around Simon, the town drunk.