by Thornton Wilder
Our Town Visions of America 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.
Very ordinary town, if you ask me. Little better behaved than most. Probably a lot duller. But our young people here seem to like it well enough. Ninety per cent of ‘em graduating from high school settle down right here to live – even when they’ve been away to college (I.227-8)
Grover’s Corners is an insular town that retains its population.
We’ve got one or two town drunks, but they’re always having remorses every time an evangelist comes to town. No, ma’am, I’d say likker ain’t a regular thing in the home here, except in the medicine chest. Right good for snake bite, y’know – always was. (I.231)
Mr. Webb describes Grover’s Corners has a town with high scruples and low alcohol consumption rates.
BELLIGERENT MAN: Is there no one in town aware of social injustice and industrial inequality?
MR. WEBB: Oh, yes, everybody is – somethin’ terrible. Seems like they spend most of their time talking about who’s rich and who’s poor. (I.235)
Mr. Webb might not have discussed imperfection in the town if not for this man’s question.