| Quote #1
Some page of figures to be filed away;
The inspiring image of the seagull taking off and circling around the Statue of Liberty dissolves into this depressing image of office work. The speaker says "drop us from our day" as if he is an office worker himself.
| Quote #2
I think of cinemas, panoramic sleights
The mass of people at the movies remind us of zombies receiving instructions from their master: "Must buy large soda and candy bar! Must buy large soda and candy bar!" They represent the faceless middle class of consumers who need constant diversion and entertainment.
| Quote #3
Out of some subway scuttle, cell or loft
Crane does not focus on the powerful and wealthy; his concern and sympathies are for the outcasts and rebels of society. The most detailed description of a person in "To Brooklyn Bridge" is this view of an insane man jumping off the bridge. We just can't get enough of the line, "A bedlamite speeds to thy parapets."