[John:] I walked to the edge of the living room and just waited for the lecture I knew was coming.
[Lorraine:] "You shouldn't have gone upstairs with the roller skates on," she finally said as though in a trance.
"I didn't think he would follow me up."
"You just never know when to stop."
"Oh, shut up!" I snapped at her. "You're beginning to sound like my Old Lady."
She turned her head away, and I was sorry I had yelled at her. (11)
[John:] Everything that happened from then on [after they visit Mr. Pignati in the hospital] Lorraine blames me for, and maybe she's right. (11)
[John:] I mean, this was turning out to be the party of the year. The house was a great pleasure palace, it really was. And there wasn't that much damage being done. Somebody dropped a drink down the stairs, and a cigarette burned a small hole in a throw rug. Only one lamp went over, and that was during this frenzied dance when everybody was on the floor. (13)