- “[H]e is the long delayed but always expected something that we live for.” Scene 1
Tom speaks of the symbolic significance of the gentleman caller.
- “Girls that aren’t cut out for business careers usually wind up married to some nice man.” Scene 2
Amanda talks to her daughter after she learns that Laura has dropped out of business school.
- “Man is by instinct a lover, a hunter, a fighter, and none of those instincts are given much play at the warehouse!” Scene 4
Tom’s words as he argues with his mother about his career.
- “No girl can do worse than put herself at the mercy of a handsome appearance!” Scene 5
Amanda’s comment, alluding to the bad choice she made in marrying a handsome man.
- “She lives in a world of her own-a world of-little glass ornaments.” Scene 5
Tom on his sister.
- “He was shooting with such velocity through his adolescence that you would logically expect him to arrive at nothing short of the White House by the time he was thirty.” Scene 6
Tom’s impressions of Jim when they were both in high school.
- “All pretty girls are a trap, a pretty trap, and men expect them to be.” Scene 6
Amanda’s thoughts as she tries to make Laura as attractive as possible.
- “People are not so dreadful when you know them.” Scene 7
Jim’s comment to Laura, trying to help her with her shyness.
- “Hold him over the light, he loves the light! You see how the light shines through him?” Scene 7
Laura tells Jim about her favorite glass animal, the unicorn.
- “Oh, Laura, Laura, I tried to leave you behind me, but I am more faithful than I intended to be!” Scene 7
Tom speaks many years later, long after he has left the family home.