by Thornton Wilder
Our Town Technology and Modernization 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.
There are a hundred and twenty-five horses in Grover’s Corners this minute I’m talking to you. State Inspector was in here yesterday. And now they’re bringing in these auto-mo-biles, the best thing to do is to just stay home. Why, I can remember when a dog could go to sleep all day in the middle of Main Street and nothing come along to disturb him (II.225)
Mr. Morgan dislikes the introduction of automobiles in Grover’s Corners, believing them to be dangerous to the small town’s lifestyle.
Everybody locks their house doors now at night. Ain’t been any burglars in town yet, but everybody’s heard about ‘em. (III.11)
In the nine years that pass between Act Two and Act Three, everyone in Grover’s Corners has become accustomed to locking their doors.
Yes, I’ve been away over twelve years. I’m in business out in Buffalo now, Joe. But I was in the East when I got news of my cousin’s death, so I thought I’d combine things a little and come and see the old home. (III.39)
Sam Craig is the only person we meet who did not settle in Grover’s Corners but went away to a big city.