| Quote #10
And particularly the days when you were first in love; when you were like a person sleepwalking, and you didn’t quite see the street you were in, and didn’t quite hear everything that was said to you. You’re just a little bit crazy. Will you remember that, please? (II.174-5)
The Stage Manager asks the audience to remember back to when everything was new and special, as opposed to old and repetitive.
| Quote #11
Why, you say you were watching me when I did everything…I was doing the same about you all the time. Why, sure, -- I always thought about you as one of the chief people I thought about. I always made sure where you were sitting on the bleachers, and who you were with, and for three days now I’ve been trying to walk home with you; but something’s always got in the way. Yesterday I was standing over against the wall waiting for you, and you walked home with Miss Corcoran. (II.254)
George and Emily have been noticing each other for a long time now, but only now are expressing their mutual attraction.
| Quote #12
Listen, Emily, I’m going to tell you why I’m not going to Agriculture School. I think that once you’ve found a person that you’re very fond of…I mean a person who’s fond of you, too, and likes you enough to be interested in your character…Well, I think that’s just as important as college is, and even more so. That’s what I think. (II.256)
George believes that love is more important than education.