Charles: Did you finish your supper already?
Laura: I wasn't hungry.
Charles: That doesn't sound like you.
Laura: I'm just too sad to eat, I guess.
Charles: Just because you're sad, that's no reason to starve yourself.
Laura: You didn't eat, either.
Charles: (long pause) No, I guess I didn't.
Laura: (runs and hugs him) Please, Pa, let us stay here!
Charles: Half-Pint, we can't. I tried. I want you to know that.
Laura: But we can do it, Pa! I know we can! I'm bigger now, and I can work like Mary does. You even said yourself that when this family pulls together, we can do anything. Please, Pa, just try!
Charles: Half-Pint, I can't. I want you to understand.
Laura: I do. I do understand. You quit trying. We could've done it together, but you quit trying!