Death of a Salesman pgs 59-62


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  • "Say, aren't you supposed to be in Boston?" (Miller 59)
  • Willy tells Howard he does not want to travel anymore.
  • "Well, tell you the truth, Howard. I've come to the decision that I'd rather not travel anymore." (Miller 59)
  • "Yeah, but Willy, see I-" (Miller 59)
  • Willy asks Howard for a raise.
  • "I tell ya, Howard. The kids are all grown up, y'know. I don't need much any more. If i could take home well, sixty five dollars a week, I could swing it (Miller 59)
  • "Business is definitely business, but just listen for a minute. You don't understand this. When I was a boy eighteen, nineteen I was already on the road, and there was a question in my mind as to whether selling had a future for me. Because in those days I had a yearning to go to Alaska. See, there were three gold strikes in one month in Alaska, and I felt like going out, Just for the ride, you might say. " (Miller 60)
  • "Cause you gotta admit, business is business." (Miller 60)
  • Willy tells Howard how he had an opportunity to be successful in Alaska.
  • "I realized that selling was the greatest career a man could want. 'Cause what could be more satisfying than to be able to go, at the age of 84, into twenty or thirty different cities and pick up a phone, and be remembered and loved and helped by so many different people?" (Miller 61)
  • "Don't say" (Miller 60)
  • Willy tells Howard the story of how he decided he wanted to be a salesman and gave up going to Alaska
  • "And I was almost decided to go when I met a salesman in the Parker House. His name was Dave Singleman. And he was eighty-four years old, and he'd drummed merchandise in thirty-one states." (Miller 60)
  • "I've got to see some people, kid." (Miller 61)
  • "I'm talking about your father! There were promises made across this desk! You mustn't tell me you've got people to see. I put thirty-four years into this firm, Howard, and now I can't pay my insurance! You can't eat the orange and throw the peel away a man is not a piece of fruit!" (Miller 61)
  • Willy gets angry Howard will not give him a raise and tells him he has put too much time in the business to be treated like this.
  • Howard leaves the office to meet with other people leaving Willy by himself
  • "You'll have to excuse me, Willy, I gotta see some people. Pull yourself together. I'll be back in a little while." (Miller 62)
  • "Pull myself together! What the hell did I say to him? My God, I was yelling at him! How could I!" (Miller 62)
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