Laura: I can't believe you're going along with this!
Charles: Laura, he's going on a field trip. It's no different than anything else he's been doing.
Laura: Well, I guess it's all right, then. I mean, if Albert wants to play baseball or stay up at Michelle's house all hours of the night, everyone just smiles and wishes him well.
Charles: These are the things he wants to do. You know that.
Laura: Pa, you've seen him. He looks so weak! He needs to get some rest!
Laura: (pause) I guess it doesn't matter what I have to say. I mean, if it's climbing up to the keepsake tree, if Albert wants to do it, then he's just gonna go right ahead and do it.
Charles: All right, what is it you want me to do?
Laura: I want you to tell him that he cannot climb that mountain!
Charles: Laura, Albert is going to die.
Laura: I know that. Why are you telling me that?
Charles: I want him to spend the time he has left doing what he wants to do. If you had it your way, he'd spend the rest of his life in bed.
Laura: Well, why not? It's better than watching him drain himself!
Charles: Better for him, or better for you?