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103
"We were in the same outfit together--Two-forty-first Engineers."
Reference to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, a mostly civilian division of the army in charge of providing public works such as planning/designing/building dams or buildings for the military.
external image Army_Corps_of_Engineers.gif Ironically, the Engineers' logo is a castle, which ties into Stanley's later reference to himself as "the king" of the house (107).
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Army_Corps_of_Engineers
105
"Hey, canary bird! Toots! Get out of the bathroom!"
Slang for baby, sweetie. Can be an affectionate term of address but can also be interpreted as offensive when used with a stranger or casual acquaintance esp. if they are female.
Source: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/toots__
In this case, Stanley is probably being the latter, although it is difficult to discern between his rough nature and whether or not he is deliberately trying to insult or be condescending to Blanche.
The phrase “toots” probably originated from WWI, when Englishmen/Americans would attempt to poke fun at the French phrase “tout de suite” meaning “hurry up” by mispronouncing it as “Toots Sweet”. This interpretation is relevant to the Streetcar passage since Stanley is telling Blanche to hurry up, too.
Source: http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/390125.html
105
"Yes, I do, so refreshed! [She tinkles her highball glass]"
A tall glass for holding 8-12 oz. used for mixed drinks with a higher portion of mixer than liquor. external image glass_full_4.jpg
Source: http://cocktails.about.com/od/embellishments/ss/glss_gde_3.htm__
106
"Is it because I've been stood up by my beau?"
“Stood up” means to have planned a date or meeting with somebody who then fails to show up, while “beau” is a French word for a boyfriend or romantic interest. This is significant because it is another example of Blanche attempting to show off her supposedly French background in an effort to appear refined. Also, it is an open admission to her relationship with Mitch, though she is unaware that Mitch did not show up because he no longer wishes to be associated with her because of her past.
Source: www.eslnotes.com/movies/word/a-streetcar-named-desire.doc
107
"The old maid, she had a parrot that cursed a blue streak and knew more vulgar expressions than Mr. Kowalski!"
To talk or curse a “blue streak” means to do so continuously, rapidly, and/or interminably. The phrase supposedly originated from a reference to a bolt of lightning, and the use of the word blue could be because of intensity, or indecency. Click to be linked to a JSTOR article on “Blue as as Marker of Intensification”, including why blue lightning could be a sign of burning brimstone or the devil!
Source: http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=blue%20streak__
107
"Remember what Huey Long said--'Every Man is a King'!"
Huey Long was a 1930s Louisiana governor and politician, who created the “Share Our Wealth” program with the famous motto “Every Man a King” [sic] which blamed the rich as parasites and aimed to redistribute wealth to the impoverished. Click to be linked to Long’s famous speech “Every Man a King”.
Similarly, Streetcar contains a disparity between the “rich”, previously higher class DuBois sisters versus the lower class Kowalski, who repeats Long’s slogan as he accuses Stella and Blanche of being pretentious.
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huey_Long__