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Our Town

Our Town


by Thornton Wilder

Our Town Friendship 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.

Quote #1

Good evening…Yes, most of the town’s settled down for the night, Simon…I guess we better do the same. Can I walk along a ways with you? (I.423)

Mr. Webb attempts to befriend Simon in the only kindly gesture towards the town drunkard throughout the entire play.

Quote #2

I don’t like the whole change that’s come over you in the last year. I’m sorry if that hurts your feelings, but I’ve got to – tell the truth and shame the devil. (II.200)

Emily is honest with George when he asks her a question, suggesting that true friendship requires veracity over niceness.

Quote #3

I’m celebrating because I’ve got a friend who tells me all the things that ought to be told me. (II.234)

George appreciates that Emily can honestly tell him what she thinks about him, even when her opinion is not easy to hear.

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