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Our Town

Our Town


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.

Quote #16

I guess I know more about Simon Stimson’s affairs than anybody in this town. Some people ain’t made for small-town life. I don’t know how that’ll end; but there’s nothing we can do but just leave it alone. (I.390)

Not everyone is suited for small town life. Dr. Gibbs disapproves of people who gossip about Simon Stimson, implying that living in a small-town requires respect for people’s private lives.

Quote #17

Blowing out the lamp.
They’re all getting citified, that’s the trouble with them. They haven’t got nothing fit to burgle and everybody knows it. (I.399-400)

Dr. Gibbs dislikes the thought of urbanization in a small town like Grover’s Corners.

Quote #18

I never told you about that letter Jane Crofut got from her minister when she was sick. He wrote Jane a letter and on the envelope the address was like this: It said: Jane Crofut; The Crofut Farm; Grover’s Corners; Sutton County; New Hampshire; United States of America…Continent of North America; Western Hemisphere; the Earth; the Solar System; the Universe; the mind of God – that’s what it said on the envelope. (I.441-3)

Grover’s Corners is a small town in a big universe.

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