She confesses that she knew and liked him in high school but was too shy to approach him. The question here is whether Amanda wants the callers for Laura or whether she wants them so as to relive her own youth.
She longed to have the life she had as a girl and young.
Tom is not happy with the kind of life Amanda is pushing him into and watching adventure in the movies helps him to cope with the oppressive atmosphere of his home life.
Laura is forgiving, noting that now the unicorn is a normal horse. Like his sister Laura, Tom retreats to worlds of fantasy and imagination but he is more outgoing and mature in his tastes.
He can go out on the fire escape and smoke his cigarette knowing that neither of the other two will have a say in his decision. Laura is just as easily broken and hurt as the glass unicorn, and she is just as unique. He is an aspiring poet who toils in a shoe warehouse to support his mother, Amanda, and sister, Laura.
Amanda might have been somewhat popular, but it is almost inconceivable to believe that she actually did have as many as seventeen gentlemen callers. He got in a quarrel with that wild Wainwright boy.
Amanda sees him off warmly but, after he is gone, turns on Tom, who had not known that Jim was engaged.
Staying out late—and—well, you had been drinking the night you were in that—terrifying condition!