What might be the thoughts and feelings of the audience as the following passage unfolds in act 1 of All My Sons?: "Keller: She's getting just like after he died [slight pause] . . . . Chris: Well, if she does, then that's the end of it."

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In this scene, Joe and Chris Keller are talking about Mrs. Keller's increasing despair over her son Larry, whom she still believes is alive. She's been having terrible nightmares about him lately and wakes up in the middle of the night to walk around. This is exactly how she behaved when news of Larry's death first broke.

Chris goes on to tell Joe that they made a big mistake in trying to humor Kate, making her think that they too believe that Larry's still alive. Joe, however, doesn't see...

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