All My Sons

Ann Deever Character Analysis

Known to those in the play as Annie, Ann is Chris’s fiancée, formerly a girlfriend of Larry’s before the war. Annie has not spoken to her father since Steve’s conviction for his involvement in the manufacturing fiasco. Joe suspects Annie has come back not just to marry Chris but to “spy” on the Kellers in order to further Steve’s cause for innocence. But Annie is a goodhearted individual, wanting only the best for those involved in the play—she wishes to marry Chris, she wants Kate to be happy, she wants her father to recognize his moral cowardice in following Joe’s orders, and she wants Joe to take responsibility for his actions, which caused, indirectly, Larry’s suicide during the war.

Ann Deever Quotes in All My Sons

The All My Sons quotes below are all either spoken by Ann Deever or refer to Ann Deever. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Penguin edition of All My Sons published in 2000.
Act 1 Quotes

It’s so strange—Annie’s here and not even married. And I’ve got three babies. I always thought it’d be the other way around.

Related Characters: Lydia Lubey (speaker), Ann Deever
Page Number: 11
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The trouble is, you don’t see enough women. You never did.
So what? I’m not fast with women.
I don’t see why it has to be Annie.
Because it is.

Related Characters: Joe Keller (speaker), Chris Keller (speaker), Ann Deever
Page Number: 16
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But I’ll always love that girl. She’s one that didn’t jump into bed with somebody else as soon as it happened with her fella.

Related Characters: Kate Keller (speaker), Ann Deever
Page Number: 19
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I’ve only met you, Ann, but if I may offer you a piece of advice—When you marry, never—even in your mind—never count your husband’s money.

Related Characters: Dr. Jim Bayliss (speaker), Ann Deever
Page Number: 25
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It’s wrong to pity a man like that [Steve]. Father or no father, there’s only one way to look at him. He knowingly shipped out parts that would crash an airplane. And how do you know Larry wasn’t one of them?

Related Characters: Ann Deever (speaker), Larry Keller, Steve Deever
Page Number: 31
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Act 2 Quotes

. . . it’s very unusual to me, marrying the brother of your sweetheart.
I don’t know. I think it’s mostly that whenever I need somebody to tell me the truth I’ve always thought of Chris . . . . He relaxes me.

Related Characters: Ann Deever (speaker), Sue Bayliss (speaker), Chris Keller, Ann Deever, Larry Keller
Page Number: 43
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The man [Joe] is innocent, Ann. Remember he was falsely accused once and it put him through hell. How would you behave if you were faced with the same thing again? Annie believe me, there’s nothing wrong for you here, believe me, kid.

Related Characters: Chris Keller (speaker), Joe Keller, Ann Deever
Page Number: 47
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. . . you and George . . . go to prison and tell him [Steve] . . . “Dad, Joe wants to bring you into the business when you get out.”
You’d have him as a partner?
No, no partner. A good job.

Related Characters: Joe Keller (speaker), Ann Deever (speaker), Ann Deever, George Deever, Steve Deever
Page Number: 49
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How is he [Steve]?
He got smaller
Smaller?
Yeah, little. He’s a little man. That’s what happens to suckers, you know. It’s good I went to him in time—another year there’d be nothing left but his smell.

Related Characters: Ann Deever (speaker), George Deever (speaker), Steve Deever
Page Number: 53
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Act 3 Quotes

My dear, if the boy was dead, it wouldn’t depend on my words to make Chris know it . . . .The night he gets into your bed, his heart will dry up. Because he knows and you know. To his dying day he’ll wait for his brother!

Related Characters: Kate Keller (speaker), Chris Keller, Ann Deever
Page Number: 78
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Ann Deever Character Timeline in All My Sons

The timeline below shows where the character Ann Deever appears in All My Sons. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1
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...a medical researcher—which was his dream career as a younger man. Jim also asks whether Ann is in the house, and Joe says she is, still getting ready for the day... (full context)
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Chris comes downstairs, and Joe greets him, asking how Annie’s doing; Chris says she’s doing fine and asks for the book section of the newspaper.... (full context)
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Chris pulls closer to his father and continues talking. He tells Joe that he invited Annie to visit because he wants to ask her to marry him, even though he knows... (full context)
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...he refuses to tell Chris, in a straightforward manner, how he feels about Chris marrying Annie—Joe is primarily worried that the news will cause Kate distress. Chris complains that Joe wants... (full context)
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At the high point of their argument, Chris threatens to marry Annie and run away to New York City—where Annie currently lives—in order to start a new,... (full context)
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...has something like, but not quite, a headache—when Chris tries to prime his mother about Annie’s appearance, hoping Kate will be happy to have Annie around, Kate seems confused as to... (full context)
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Chris becomes upset with his mother, indicating to her that, perhaps, Annie is no longer mourning Larry, and that she has waited to get married for other... (full context)
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...of answering him directly, and turns to Joe, still in the yard, asking Joe why Annie has come to visit. Joe claims he has no more information about it than Kate... (full context)
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...chances of Larry returning are very slim. Kate still believes, or wants to believe, that Annie, too, is waiting for Larry to return. As the two are talking, Bert comes back... (full context)
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Just then, Annie comes out with Chris to say hello to Joe and Kate. Joe is happy to... (full context)
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Annie tells Chris, in front of Joe and Kate, that she’s surprised he has so many... (full context)
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Joe and Kate also ask after Annie’s father, Steve, and mother—there seems to have been some trouble in their relationship, and Annie... (full context)
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Frank comes over and says hello; Annie remarks that Frank is growing bald, and Kate tells Annie that Frank has three kids... (full context)
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Annie turns to Chris and asks him if the neighborhood is still talking about her father’s... (full context)
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Joe tells Annie that her father and mother should move back to town after her father is released... (full context)
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Annie goes so far as to wonder whether her father’s negligence didn’t kill Larry, who happened... (full context)
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Joe continues, explaining to Annie what her father has done (and, simultaneously, providing the audience with more context): Steve and... (full context)
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Joe tells Annie that her father is not a bad man, that he just made a mistake, and... (full context)
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Joe goes inside, leaving Chris and Annie alone. Annie tells Chris he’s been acting strange so far on her visit, and Chris,... (full context)
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Chris tells Annie that he’s not “ashamed” to be courting his brother’s girl, but that he feels guilty,... (full context)
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At that, however, Chris turns to Annie and says that he will make her a fortune—Annie replies that she doesn’t need a... (full context)
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Annie goes inside to answer George’s phone call. Chris tells his father that he and Annie... (full context)
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After Chris insists that Annie’s visit would have nothing to do with George, and that Annie harbors no grudge against... (full context)
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Annie comes back on-stage and announces that her brother is taking the seven-o’clock train from Columbus... (full context)
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...come with new information about the trial and Steve’s imprisonment. Kate also wonders aloud whether Annie is “in on” George’s plan to ruin the Keller family. (full context)
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Chris forcefully but still politely objects, to Kate, to the idea that Annie has anything to do with George’s visit. Annie comes outside, and Kate goes inside to... (full context)
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Annie brushes off this criticism, but Sue continues, saying that, if Annie and Chris do marry,... (full context)
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Sue then becomes even more pointed in her criticisms: she tells Annie that she and Jim “know” that Joe merely lied to get out of jail time... (full context)
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...Chris begins saying how much he likes her, and that she’s a good nurse, but Annie snaps, immediately, that Sue “hates” Chris and the Kellers—she doesn’t understand how Chris can be... (full context)
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Annie tells Chris that he must be prepared to “leave his family behind” if it is... (full context)
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Joe comes outside and seems happy at the idea, now, that Chris and Annie are in love—he seems them together and assumes they are once again sharing a quiet... (full context)
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...at the train station—and, leaving George in the car, Jim walks up to Chris and Annie, still outside, to tell Chris that he ought to drive George somewhere farther away and... (full context)
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...of the grape beverage Kate has set out for him—an old favorite—but announces sourly to Ann and Chris that he’s been to see his father, who looks “smaller” now in prison;... (full context)
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George then asks Annie, gruffly, if she’s married yet to Chris; Annie says she’s not yet married, and George... (full context)
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George tells Annie and Chris, in the yard, that Joe ordered Steve, on the phone three years ago,... (full context)
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...father’s innocence. George is insistent that Joe is guilty, however, and says he will take Annie away—that Annie is the last “prize” that the Keller will not be allowed to take... (full context)
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...more arguing. Lydia comes over and shyly says hello to George; it appears that, like Annie and Frank, George and Lydia had a long-ago courtship, and George is surprised to learn... (full context)
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Kate goes inside for a moment, and comes back out to announce that she’s packed Annie’s bag, and that Annie can leave with George. Chris and Annie both say that Annie... (full context)
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...his argument with Joe, and drove to an unknown place. Kate also tells Jim that Annie is upstairs in her room, and that she has been there since George took his... (full context)
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Jim alludes to the possibility of an argument between Chris and Joe over Annie, but Kate tells him, flat-out, that the argument was about George and Steve. Jim reveals... (full context)
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...but that getting angry won’t solve their current crisis. Kate tells Joe she believes that Annie has figured out the nature of Chris’s argument with Joe, and that she therefore knows... (full context)
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At this, Annie comes out to the porch, and sits silently for a moment with Joe and Kate.... (full context)
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...the family’s trauma, and so he does not learn of the letter immediately. Chris asks Annie and Kate, who is in morbid shock, to sit down: he announces to both that... (full context)
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...it truly punish the deed that his father has done. Joe comes outside to join Annie, Kate, and Chris, and tells Chris that, if Chris wants, he will go to jail... (full context)
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Annie takes the letter and, though Kate tries to intercept her, shoves it in Chris’s hands,... (full context)
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...responsible for the deaths of some pilots, he was not responsible for Larry’s. Joe tells Annie, Kate, and Chris that, although he always thought he didn’t kill his own son, he... (full context)
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...for Joe to kill himself—he simply wanted his father to know the truth. But as Annie stands on watching mutely, Kate tells Annie and Chris that now they ought to go... (full context)