Amanda wanted her past life, which included a better social status, money, and happiness. Because of her past, Amanda also found it difficult to respect the differences between her daughter and herself. Amanda did not understand why Laura was not outgoing and charming the young gentlemen in town. Amanda was unwilling to accept the effects of Laura’s past physical ailments, which lead her to lead a quiet and reserved adult life. Amanda constantly nagged Tom to find his sister a gentleman caller.
Tom was the only source of income for their family, which was also a reason Amanda felt an urgency to find Laura a man. Amanda found an acceptance letter from the Merchant Marines addressed to Tom. With little regard for Tom feelings, Amanda advised Tom he can join the Merchant Marine, but he will need to find a gentleman that can take care of herself and Laura. When Amanda’s husband left her, she found herself living an empty and meaningless life.
Amanda wanted her old life back very much because of the financial security and societal prominence. Even after time passed, she refused to accept her new social status and refused to become independent from her children. She lived her life through her children and failed to recognize that her children had different personalities from her own. Her insistance to live in the past, and not accept her current reality, ultimately drove Tom to leave home and Laura back into her world of glass.