Laura: (to clown) I'm just as sad as you, or at least as sad as you look. We're alike, you and me, so sad and can't tell anybody why. I mean, Albert sort of knows, but not really. I can't tell him how I feel, because he might up and tell Pa. I could tell you, though. I need to tell somebody. (pauses) You see, I love someone. His name is Almanzo. I call him Manly. I'm a little too young for him now, but if we'd just wait a while.....that's why I'm sad. I'm afraid he's gonna fall in love and marry someone else before I have a chance to be old enough.