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Amanda's neurosis is due in part to her loneliness and her own feelings of rejection since her husband is no longer around. She also acts flirtatious when Tom brings a friend over, suggesting Amanda wishes to have her own relationship again one day, and Laura might be an impediment to this. As well, Amanda displays a tendency to be overly-focused on the lives of her children, wanting to live vicariously through them, and so her hope for Laura to find a husband means she is wishing for an additional male companion, to be an audience that satisfies her need for attention. Of course she also wants her daughter to be happy, to break out of her shell, but Amanda's behavior makes it difficult for Laura to entertain a suitor at home.
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