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Florence Elizabeth Summers

  • The new fello in Pa's office ... went to help me on the street car an my dress was tight an the step was high. He says 'Miss Mable, the more I see of you, the better I like you.' I pretended not to catch on cause you could take it too ways. Low down Bill, thats him all over, as you sometimes say. His brain runs like a sewer pipe.

  • Blessed is he that set on a tack, I reckon, for he shall rise again.

  • Reckon youve heard about the epidemick. ... Your mothers been wearin a flue mask sos she wont get it, an it improves her looks mightily.

  • There was one fello there danced awful. He pumped with his arm like he was tryin to get his engine started.

  • Cousin Lulu has been in from the country with little Mable, named after me. They say shes three years old, but she must be older than that, for she couldnt have gotten as dirty as she is in three years. ... Shes somethin like her pa. Went to Washington to the inauguration once an took a clean shirt an a five dollar bill. Stayed three weeks an never changed either one of them.

Florence Elizabeth Summers, U.S. writer