Our Town

George Gibbs Character Analysis

George is one of the main characters of the play. We see him as a young man, a (still young) groom, and a grieving husband who has lost his wife Emily. George is kind and well-meaning, and is very talented at baseball. He works on his uncle’s farm after graduating high school, deciding not to go to agricultural school in order to stay in Grover’s Corners with Emily. When he marries Emily, he is nervous about growing up and wishes that he could remain a “fella” forever with his baseball teammates. However, he gets over these fears and marries Emily happily. He last appears in the play grieving at Emily’s grave in the cemetery, at the end of the play.

George Gibbs Quotes in Our Town

The Our Town quotes below are all either spoken by George Gibbs or refer to George Gibbs. 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 Perennial edition of Our Town published in 2003.
Act 1 Quotes

I never told you about that letter Jane Crofut got from her minister when she was sick. He wrote Jane a letter and on the envelope the address was like this: It said: Jane Crofut; The Crofut Farm; Grover’s Corners; Sutton County; New Hampshire; United States of America.

What’s funny about that?

But listen, it’s not finished; the United States of America; Continent of North America; Western Hemisphere; the Earth; the Solar System; the Universe; the Mind of God.

Related Characters: George Gibbs (speaker), Rebecca Gibbs (speaker)
Page Number: 46
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Act 2 Quotes

Don’t you misunderstand me, my boy. Marriage is a wonderful thing,—wonderful thing. And don’t you forget that, George.

Related Characters: Mr. Webb (speaker), George Gibbs
Page Number: 59
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George, I was thinking the other night of some advice my father gave me when I got married. Charles, he said, Charles, start out early showing who’s boss, he said. Best thing to do is give an order, even if it don’t make sense; just so she’ll learn to obey. [...]

Well, Mr. Webb... I don’t think I could...

So I took the opposite of my father’s advice and I’ve been happy ever since.

Related Characters: George Gibbs (speaker), Mr. Webb (speaker)
Page Number: 60
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It certainly seems like being away three years you’d get out of touch with things. Maybe letters from Grover’s Corners wouldn’t be so interesting after a while. Grover’s Corners isn’t a very important place when you think of all—New Hampshire; but I think it’s a very nice town.

The day wouldn’t come when I wouldn’t want to know everything that’s happening here. I know that’s true, Emily.

Related Characters: George Gibbs (speaker), Emily Webb (speaker)
Page Number: 69
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And, like you say, being gone all that time... in other places and meeting other people... Gosh, if anything like that can happen I don’t want to go away. I guess new people aren’t any better than old ones. I’ll bet they almost never are. Emily... I feel that you’re as good a friend as I’ve got. I don’t need to go and meet the people in other towns.

Related Characters: George Gibbs (speaker), Emily Webb
Page Number: 70
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Ma, I don’t want to grow old. Why’s everybody pushing me so?

Related Characters: George Gibbs (speaker), Mrs. Gibbs
Page Number: 77
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And George over there, looking so ...! I hate him. I wish I were dead. Papa! Papa!

Emily! Emily! Now don’t get upset...

But, Papa,—I don’t want to get married....

Sh—sh—Emily. Everything’s all right.

Why can’t I stay for a while just as I am?

Related Characters: Emily Webb (speaker), Mr. Webb (speaker), George Gibbs
Page Number: 79
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George Gibbs Character Timeline in Our Town

The timeline below shows where the character George Gibbs appears in Our Town. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1
Marriage and the Family Theme Icon
...for their children to come to breakfast. Mrs. Gibbs tells Dr. Gibbs that their son George has not been helping with chores around the house lately. Mrs. Gibbs calls after her... (full context)
The Everyday and the Ordinary Theme Icon
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...households, Mrs. Webb tells her children not to eat too quickly, while Mrs. Gibbs tells George she’ll speak to Dr. Gibbs about possibly raising his allowance. The kids finish breakfast and... (full context)
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...afternoon, kids have just gotten out of school, and Mr. Webb is mowing his lawn. George and Emily come back to their homes from school. George compliments Emily on an impressive... (full context)
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George goes off to the baseball field, leaving Emily to speak with Mrs. Webb. Emily asks... (full context)
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...That Binds.” This is the local church choir, directed by Simon Stimson. Meanwhile, Emily and George are “upstairs” in their respective rooms (symbolized on-stage by their being up in two ladders).... (full context)
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...the same music they did for the last wedding they sang at. Dr. Gibbs calls George downstairs and asks him what he wants to do once he graduates from high school.... (full context)
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Dr. Gibbs asks if George will be willing to do all the chores and work around the farm, since he... (full context)
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George goes back upstairs as Mrs. Gibbs, Mrs. Webb, and Mrs. Soames come on-stage, returning from... (full context)
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...their doors at night. Dr. Gibbs says that those people are, unfortunately, “getting citified.” Upstairs, George and Rebecca are talking in his room. The stage manager tells the audience that it... (full context)
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Upstairs in the Gibbs home, Rebecca tells George about a letter her friend received with the address, “Jane Crofut; The Crofut Farm; Grover’s... (full context)
Act 2
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...newspaper in Grover’s Corners. Si says it’s too bad that the town’s best baseball player, George Gibbs, is giving up baseball to get married. Constable Warren enters and talks with Si... (full context)
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Howie delivers some milk to Mrs. Gibbs and offers his best wishes for George’s wedding. He delivers milk to the Webb household and tells Mrs. Webb that George and... (full context)
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...perfectly awful things,” and “farces.” The two talk more about how strange it feels for George to be marrying already, but Mrs. Gibbs comments that “people are meant to go through... (full context)
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George comes downstairs and tells his parents that he is heading over to the Webb household.... (full context)
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After a long, awkward silence, George and Mr. Webb talk about the wedding. George says he wishes they didn’t have to... (full context)
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...order, even if it don’t make sense; just so she’ll learn to obey.” He tells George that he did exactly the opposite of what his father told him and has had... (full context)
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Mrs. Webb returns and tells George to leave so Emily can come eat breakfast. The stage manager then interrupts and tells... (full context)
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Emily and George talk, and George offers to carry Emily’s books. He asks her why she has been... (full context)
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Emily and George enter the local drugstore, where the stage manager plays Mr. Morgan, the owner of the... (full context)
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George and Emily have ice cream sodas. George tells her that he is thankful to have... (full context)
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George says that he has heard from some farmers that agricultural school is a waste of... (full context)
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George tells Emily that he is glad that she spoke to him about his conceitedness and... (full context)
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George offers to walk Emily home, but embarrassingly doesn’t have any money on him to pay... (full context)
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As George walks toward the altar, a group of baseball players from his team whistles and teases... (full context)
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...the Tie That Binds.” Mr. Webb tries to comfort Emily, who says that she hates George and wishes she were dead. She asks why she can’t “stay for a while just... (full context)
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Mr. Webb asks George if he will take care of his daughter. George tells Emily he loves her and... (full context)
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...performed hundreds of marriages, and that “once in a thousand times it’s interesting.” Newly married, George and Emily leave looking happy. The stage manager announces that the second act is finished. (full context)
Act 3
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...of his cousin and Joe says she died in childbirth. The funeral procession arrives, including George, Dr. Gibbs, and Mr. and Mrs. Webb. Mrs. Soames asks who died, and Mrs. Gibbs... (full context)
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Mrs. Soames recalls Emily and George’s wedding and how intelligent Emily was in school. A group at the funeral sings “Blessed... (full context)
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...be more and more difficult. Mrs. Webb makes Emily breakfast and shows her a present George brought her earlier that morning. Emily tries to tell her mother all about the future,... (full context)
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...the light from stars to reach earth, which the anonymous dead man found incredible. Meanwhile, George walks into the cemetery and kneels before Emily’s grave in grief, much to the disapproval... (full context)