| Quote #1
From what I could gather, Mr. Winterbottom worked in an office, creating road maps. Mrs. Winterbottom baked and cleaned and did laundry and grocery shopping. I had a funny feeling that Mrs. Winterbottom did not actually like all this baking and cleaning and laundry and shopping, and I'm not quite sure why I had that feeling because if you just listened to the words she said, it sounded as if she were Mrs. Supreme Housewife. (6.5)
What kinds of words does Mrs. Winterbottom use? How does she talk, and what exactly does that tell us about her? Plus, check out how observant Sal is of the Winterbottoms. Why do you think that is?
| Quote #2
And Mr. Winterbottom was playing the role of Father, with capital F. He sat at the head of the table with his white shirt cuffs rolled back neatly. He still wore his red-and-blue-striped tie. His expression was serious, his voice was deep, and his words were clear. (6.11)
Mr. Winterbottom sounds kind of boring. It's interesting that Sal tells us he's "playing the role" of father, but not actually being a father, as though he is an actor in a play, rather than someone who truly loves and cares about his family.
| Quote #3
I think that deep down Phoebe thought it was nice too, and she wished her own parents would act more like the Finneys. She couldn't admit this, though, and in a way, I liked this about Phoebe – that she tried to defend her family. (9.11)
Even though Sal gets so annoyed and mad at Phoebe and her behavior, she is always able to see the good in her. And hey, what are true friends for if not to keep on liking you when you're being a total pain? Sal is a true friend; she'll stick by Phoebe through thick and thin. And since we're talking about family, it's important to notice that what Sal admires in Phoebe is her loyalty to her family. Friends are important, but family is number one.