| Quote #4
"An actor?" Bore blurted as if it finally got through to him. "Thank God Kenneth isn't a lunatic."
This conversation between John and his father is a typical "generation gap" conversation. John's father doesn't understand his son, or try to, even calling him a "lunatic."
| Quote #5
[Lorraine:] There's one picture of my mother and father in an album, which is how I like to remember them. He's wearing a football uniform—a handsome young man—with his arm around her. She's wearing one of those funny raccoon coats. They're smiling at each other in a grass field somewhere in Stapleton. (10)
Lorraine's parents were young, in love, and happy once. Here we see a glimpse of the happy young woman Lorraine's mother once was. (Stapleton is a waterfront neighborhood on Staten Island.)
| Quote #6
"Dinner is served," she [Lorraine] announced, carrying this big plate of congealed spaghetti. We each sat at opposite ends of the table with the candles burning away. I [John] poured us some wine in these long-stemmed glasses, and for a few moments we just sat looking at each other—her with the feather in her hair and me with my moustache.
Lorraine and John seem to be playing a more grown-up version of "dress-up," practicing to enter the adult world. Their costumes and roles seem to have freed them to show their attraction to one another. This scene takes place immediately after their first kiss (also in costume) and it is the first time John tells us that he thinks Lorraine is "lovely."