- "It was his notion that the moment one of the people took one of the truths to himself, called it his truth, and tried to live by it, he became a grotesque and the truth he embraced became a falsehood." (p. 6 ) The writer's definition of grotesque.
"Only the few know the sweetness of the twisted apples." (p. 20)
Doctor Reefy knows that gnarled apples are much sweeter than the perfectly formed ones that people in the cities prefer.
"The coming of industrialization, attended by all the roar and rattle of affairs, the shrill cries of millions of voices that have come among us from overseas, the going and coming of trains, the growth of cities, the building of the interurban car lines that weave in and out of towns and past farmhouses, and now in these later days the coming of the automobiles has worked a tremendous change in lives and in the habits of thought of our people of Mid-America." (p. 56)
Urbanization and travel have changed America.
"Before such women as Louise can be understood and their lives made livable, much will have to be done." (p. 75)
Anderson acknowledges that women are not given enough understanding.
"His story is an odd one. It will be worth telling some day." (p. 103)
A reference to Alice's father.
"Many people must live and die alone, even in Winesburg." (p. 112 )
What Alice must face.
"If you have lived in cities and have walked in the park on a summer afternoon, you have perhaps seen, blinking in a corner of his iron cage, a huge, grotesque kind of monkey, a creature with ugly, sagging, hairless skin below his eyes and a bright purple underbody." (p. 113 )
A description of Wash Williams.
"After ten years in this town, God has manifested himself to me in the body of a woman." (p. 152)
Curtis Hartman to George Willard.
"The story of Enoch is in fact the story of a room almost more than it is the story of a man." (p. 167)
Anderson inserts his narratorial voice.
"Tom had seen a thousand George Willards go out of their towns to the city." (p. 215)
George's story is a common coming-of-age story.