During his affair with The Woman, Willy gives her the intimate gift of stockings. Biff's outburst at discovering Willy with The Woman—"You gave her Mama's stockings!"—fixes the stockings in Willy's mind as a symbol of his betrayal. He has let his wife down emotionally, and he is siphoning the family's already strained financial resources toward his ego-stroking affair.
Stockings Quotes in Death of a Salesman
The Death of a Salesman quotes below all refer to the symbol of Stockings. 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: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin Classics edition of Death of a Salesman published in 2011.).
Stockings Symbol Timeline in Death of a Salesman
The timeline below shows where the symbol Stockings appears in Death of a Salesman. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.