Death of a Salesman pages 87-90


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  • Biff, Happy and Willy are arguing because happy has told Willy about Biff stealing Bill Oliver's pen.
  • "I never intended to do it, Dad!" (Miller, 87)
  • "He had it in his hand and just then Oliver walked in, so he got nervous and stuck it in his pocket!" (Miller, 87)
  • "My God, Biff!" (Miller, 87)
  • After Biff told Willy that Bill Oliver talked to his partner about the Florida idea, Willy assumes that Biff got it. He isn't listening fully.
  • "Then you. . .got it?" (Miller 87)
  • "He's gonna be terrific, Pop!" (Miller, 87)
  • "Then you got it, haven't you? You got it! You got it!" (Miller, 87)
  • Biff feels as if he can't go to the lunch meeting with Bill Oliver because he stole his pen. Willy then tells Biff that he has to go and all kinds of excuses that he can use as to why he has the pen.
  • "Listen, kid, I took those balls years ago, now I walk in with his fountain pen? That clinches it, don't you see? I can't face him like that! I'll try elsewhere." (Miller, 88)
  • "You were doing a crossword puzzle and accidentally used his pen!" (Miller, 88)
  • Since Biff is denying that he can go back to see Bill Oliver and make his dream come true, Willy questions if he wants to be anything in life.
  • "Don't take it that way! You think it was easy walking into that office after what I'd done to him? A team of horses couldn't have dragged me back to Bill Oliver!" (Miller, 88)
  • "You don't want to be anything, is that what's behind it?" (Miller, 88)
  • Miss Forsythe and Letta are making fun of Willy in a sense and it gets under Biffs skin. He resentfully turns to Miss Forsythe and lets her know that his father's a prince.
  • "I think it's sweet you bring your daddy along." (Miller, 89)
  • "Oh, he isn't really your father!" (Miller, 90)
  • "Miss Forsythe, you've just seen a prince walk by. A fine, troubled prince. A hardworking, unappreciated prince. A pal, you understand? A good companion. Always for his boys." (Miller, 90)
  • Biff is talking to Happy about how it does;t seem like Happy cares about Willy. It doesn't seem like he "gives a damn for him"
  • "Yeah, but he doesn't mean anything to you. You could help him-- I can't. Don't you understand what I'm talking about? He's going to kill himself, don't you know that? (Miller, 90)
  • "Don't I know it! Me! (Miller, 90)
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