by Thornton Wilder
Our Town Love 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.
EMILY: Well, if you love me, help me. All I want is someone to love me. GEORGE: I will, Emily. Emily, I’ll try. EMILY: And I mean for ever. Do you hear? For ever and ever. (II.358-60)
Emily worries that George will one day stop loving her.
But I won’t live over a sad day. I’ll choose a happy one – I’ll choose the day I first knew that I loved George. Why should that be painful? THEY are silent. Her question turns to the stage manager. (III.144-5)
Emily does not understand that love can be painful in memory until she goes back to her life.
MRS. WEBB: Facing the audience, over her stove. But birthday or no birthday, I want you to eat your breakfast good and slow. I want you to grow up and be a good strong girl. That in the blue paper is from your Aunt Carrie; and I reckon you can guess who brought the post-card album. I found it on the doorstep when I brought in the milk – George Gibbs…must have come over in the cold pretty early…right nice of him. (III.229-30)
When Emily relives her twelfth birthday, she sees how much her mother wanted the best for her. She also remembers that George showed signs of affection for her even at the age of twelve.