: Yeah, but I cover myself!
: If I'm going to take a fade the boss can call any
number where I'm supposed to be and they'll swear to him
that I just left. I'll tell you something that I hate to say, Biff,
but in the business world some of them think you're crazy.
: Screw the business world!
: All right, screw it! Great, but cover yourself!
In private, after the big family discussion about seeing Bill Oliver the
next day, Willy and Linda have this exchange:
: I'm just wondering if Oliver will remember him.
You think he might?
coming out of the bathroom in his pajamas
Remember him? What's the matter with you, you crazy? If
he'd've stayed with Oliver he'd be on top by now! Wait'll
Oliver gets a look at him. You don't know the average
caliber any more. The average young man today—
getting into bed
—is got a caliber of zero. Greatest thing in
the world for him was to bum around.
Willy's statements function only to boost his and Linda's morale as they
completely deny the reality that Biff was merely a shipping clerk when he
worked for Oliver. Do you think Linda buys this? Is she as immersed in
Willy's self-deception as she appears?
Reminiscing about Biff's great day of high school football glory, Willy