The mother of Emily and Wally, Mrs. Webb is in many ways similar to Mrs. Gibbs—a similarity underscored by the way they prepare breakfast simultaneously in their two homes in acts one and two. She sings in the church choir with Mrs. Gibbs and Mrs. Soames. At Emily’s wedding, she briefly worries that she is sending Emily off into adulthood without having taught her enough about married, adult life.
Mrs. Webb Quotes in Our Town
The Our Town quotes below are all either spoken by Mrs. Webb or refer to Mrs. Webb. 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 Perennial edition of Our Town published in 2003.).
Act 2 Quotes
Oh, I’ve got to say it: you know, there’s something downright cruel about sending our girls out into marriage this way.
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Mrs. Webb Character Timeline in Our Town
The timeline below shows where the character Mrs. Webb appears in Our Town. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...two years he travels to Civil War battlefields and thinks “that’s enough treat for anybody.” Mrs. Webb encourages Mrs. Gibbs to keep dropping hints about Paris. Mrs. Gibbs comments that she thinks,... (full context)
...the morning of July 7, just after the local high school graduation. Mrs. Gibbs and Mrs. Webb enter their respective kitchens to make breakfast. The stage manager emphasizes that in their lives... (full context)
...his best wishes for George’s wedding. He delivers milk to the Webb household and tells Mrs. Webb that George and Emily will be very happy together, then leaves. Dr. Gibbs comes down... (full context)
...with Mrs. Gibbs that “people were made to live two-by-two.” The wedding ceremony begins and Mrs. Webb speaks to the audience, saying she doesn’t know why she is upset, but that “there’s... (full context)
...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 answers that it was Emily. (full context)
...with her mother but is finding reliving her life to be more and more difficult. Mrs. Webb makes Emily breakfast and shows her a present George brought her earlier that morning. Emily... (full context)