Excerpt from The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams:

JIM. Aw, yes, I’ve placed you now! I used to call you Blue Roses. How was it that I got started calling you that?

LAURA. I was out of school a little while with pleurosis. When I came back you asked me what was the matter. I said I had pleurosis — you thought I said Blue Roses. That’s what you always called me after that!

JIM. I hope you didn’t mind.

LAURA. Oh, no — I liked it. You see, I wasn’t acquainted with many people. . . .

The Glass Menagerie made its debut in Chicago during 1944 before moving to Broadway the following year and winning the New York Drama Critics Circle Award.

Photo: Noumenon