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THE GLASS MENAGERIE

by: Tennessee Williams


In memory everything seems to happen to music.

TOM

All pretty girls are a trap, a pretty trap, and men expect them to be.

AMANDA

Yes, I have tricks in my pocket, I have things up my sleeve. But I am the opposite of a stage magician. He gives you illusion that has the appearance of truth. I give you truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion.

TOM

Girls that aren't cut out for business careers usually wind up married to some nice man.

AMANDA

Man is by instinct a lover, a hunter, a fighter, and none of those instincts are given much play at the warehouse!

TOM

No girl can do worse than put herself at the mercy of a handsome appearance!

AMANDA

People are not so dreadful when you know them.

JIM

I pass the lighted window of a shop where perfume is sold. The window is filled with pieces of colored glass, tiny transparent bottles in delicate colors, like bits of a shattered rainbow. Then all at once my sister touches my shoulder. I turn around and look into her eyes. Oh, Laura, Laura, I tried to leave you behind me, but I am more faithful than I intended to be!

TOM

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