I tried to leave you behind me, but I am more faithful than I intended to be!

rainbow colored bottles

Tiny transparent bottles in delicate colors, like bits of a shattered rainbow

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! I reach for a cigarette, I cross the street, I run into the movies or a bar, I buy a drink, I speak to the nearest stranger – anything that can blow your candles out!

by Tennessee Williams (March 26, 1911 – February 25, 1983)
The Glass Menagerie
Scene VII
image – tibchris

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2 Responses to “I tried to leave you behind me, but I am more faithful than I intended to be!”

  1. clarissa mcfairy Says:

    Ah, the candles of the heart prevail howsoever we try and snuff them out.

  2. Paul Cornies Says:

    This is an excellent quote with a beautiful photo. Brings back memories studying this play in high school and teaching the play later as a teacher. Tom, the narrator, cannot totally forget about the love he has for his mother and sister. Thanks.

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