A Streetcar Named Desire - Quotations




·         “Hey, there! Stella, Baby!”

·         “Some people rarely touch it, but it touches them often.”

·         “Open your eyes to this stuff! You think she got them out of a teacher’s pay?”

·         “I want my baby down here. Stella, Stella!”

·         “Hey, canary bird! Toots! Get OUT of the BATHROOM! Must I speak more plainly?”

·         “Don’t ever talk that way to me! ‘Pig - Polack - disgusting - vulgar - greasy!’ - them kind of words have been on your tongue and your sister’s too much around here! ... Remember what Huey Long said - ‘Every Man is a King!’ And I am the king around here, so don’t forget it!”



·         “I can hardly stand it when he is away for a night…”

·         “And try to understand her and be nice to her, Stan.”

·         “All of you - please go home! If any of you have one spark of decency in you -“

·         “I was - sort of - thrilled by it.”

·         “Your face and your fingers are disgustingly greasy. Go and wash up and then help me clear the table.”

·         “I couldn’t believe her story and go on living with Stanley.”



·         “Oh, I’m not going to be hypocritical, I’m going to be honestly critical about it!”

·         “God love you for a liar! Daylight never exposed such total a ruin!”

·         “Now that you’ve touched them I’ll burn them!”

·         “There’s so much - so much confusion in the world… Thank you for being so kind! I need kindness now.”

·         “He acts like an animal, has an animal’s habits! Eats like one, moved like one, talks like one! There’s even something - sub-human - something not quite to the stage of humanity yet!”

·         “I guess it is just that I have - old-fashioned ideals! [She rolls her eyes]”

·         ”Sometimes - there’s God - so quickly!”



·         “I gotta sick mother. She don’t go to sleep until I come in at night.”

·         “Poker shouldn’t be played in a house with women.”

·         “Ho-ho! There’s nothing to be scared of. They’re crazy about each other.”

·         “Can I - uh - kiss you - good-night?”

·         “I don’t mind you being older than what I thought. But all the rest of it - God! That pitch about your ideals being so old-fashioned and all the malarkey hat you’ve dished out all summer. Oh, I knew you weren’t sixteen any more. But I was a fool enough to believe you was straight.”

·         “You’re not clean enough to bring in the house with my mother.”




·         “they told me to take a streetcar named Desire, and then transfer to one called Cemeteries”

·         “Blanche’s look” when seeing Stella and Stanley’s house for the first time

·          “she jumps up and kisses him which he accepts with lordly composure”

·         “And when he comes back I cry on his lap like a baby…”

·         “I need kindness now”

·         “I took the trip as an investment”

·         “I have- old fashioned ideal! [She rolls her eyes]”

·         “You need somebody. And I need somebody, too. Could it be- you and me, Blanche?”

·          “It was foolish of me to think that we could ever adapt ourselves to each other.”

·         “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.”




Blanches’ arrival

p.117    Eunice: “What’s the matter, honey? Are you lost?

p.117    Blanche: “They told me to take a streetcar named Desire, and then transfer to one called Cemeteries and ride six blocks and get off at Elysian Fields”


Loss of Belle Reve

p.126    Blanche: “I know, I know. But you are the one that abandoned Belle Reve not I! I stayed and fought for it, almost died for it!”


Blanche’s drinking

p.129    Blanche: “No, I rarely touch it.” Stanley: “Some people rarely touch it, but it touches them often”


After Stanley beats Stella

p.154    Stanley: with heaven splitting violence “STELLL-AHHHHH!”


Fighting in Elysian Fields

p.157    Blanche: “And that- that makes it all right?” Stella: “No, it isn’t all right for anybody to make such a terrible row, but -people do sometimes.”


The Coke

p.170    Blanche laughs shrilly and grabs the glass, but her hand shakes so it slips from her glass. Stella pours the coke into the glass. It foams over and spills. Blanche gives a piercing cry.


Blanche’s Discovery of Allan’s Homosexuality

p.184    Blanche: “‘I know! I know! You disgust me…’ And then the searchlight which had been turned on the world was turned off again and never for one moment since has there been any light that’s stronger than this –kitchen- candle…”


Stanley ejecting Blanche from the bathroom

p.191    Stanley: “Hey, canary bird! Toots! Get OUT of the BATHROOM! Must I speak more plainly?”

p.195    Stanley: “Remember what Huey Long said- ‘Every Man is a King!’ And I am the king around here, so don’t forget it! He hurls a cup and saucer to the floor.”


Stanley and Stella’s past

p.199    Stanley: “And wasn’t we happy together? Wasn’t it all okay? Till she showed here”


Mitch’s confrontation with Blanche

p.207    Mitch: “You’re not clean enough to bring in the house with my mother.”


Stanley and Blanche’s final confrontation

p.213    Stanley: “I’ve been on to you from the start! Not once did you pull any wool over this boy’s eyes!-I say –Ha-Ha! Do you hear me? Ha-ha-ha!”

p.215    Stanley: “Drop the bottle-top! Drop it! We’ve had this date with each other from the beginning!”


Blanche’s exit

p.219    Her (Blanche) rising voice penetrates the concentration of the game. Mitch ducks his head lower but Stanley shoves back his chair as if about to rise. Steve places a restraining hand on his arm.

            Blanche: What’s happening here? I want an explanation of what’s happened here.


The ending

p.226    Stanley: a bit uncertainly Stella? She sobs with inhuman abandon. There is something luxurious in her complete surrender to crying now that her sister is gone. Stanley: voluptuously, soothingly Now, honey. Now, love. Now, now love. He kneels beside her and his fingers find the opening of her blouse. Now, now, love. Now, love… -the sensual murmur fade away under the swelling music of the ‘blue piano’ and the muted trumpet