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While Minnie wishes the correct to be not to mention, she capability to be not to mention. but she's going to lead a guy on, allow him spend his complete wages on Scotch, beer, or wine—it counting on how a lot wages he has bought as to which category she places him in. Then whilst the fellow desires to trouble Minnie, she doesn't desire to be troubled. that's what results in hassle. i've got advised my cousin that mens weren't made to be taken benefit of. yet ever for the reason that Eve, that's what womens have performed. I reckon i will not swap Minnie. ” “Men shouldn't have to enable girls run away with their senses,” I acknowledged. “No,” acknowledged easy, “but they do. there has been a time while a lady might twist me, as a lot feel as I bought, round her little finger. in reality, at one time Zarita had me all balled up in her little tiny fist. yet that have been ahead of I met Joyce, my spouse, who now has acquired me tied to her apron strings. ” “Not very tightly,” I stated, “as usually as I see you the following in Paddy’s Bar. ” “Before I bought married, i was in right here each evening the Lord sent,” stated basic. “Now i'm purely in the following some other night—or so. ” “Or so, is right,” I stated. “But i don't drink like I as soon as did,” claimed uncomplicated. “Neither do I stray. My eyes may well roam, yet I remain domestic. i've got acquired an outstanding domestic, buddy, which I suggest to maintain. What I want is that my Cousin Minnie could quiet down and make herself a very good marriage, too. Minnie has been in Harlem lengthy adequate to get the rustic out of her hair now, and Virginia out of her approach. but Minnie is during this bar extra usually than me. She is attending to be a settled girl now, so she should settle down—and now not on a bar stool neither. a woman aren't hand around in locations that are shady. i've got instructed Minnie she is prone to get damage occasionally, the way in which she does her boy pals. a guy can publish with a lot, yet Minnie occasionally piles it on. ” “From all you've advised me approximately Minnie, she will be able to shield herself,” I acknowledged. “At the price of her ladyhood,” acknowledged basic. “A lady are not positioned herself able the place she has to struggle her manner out. ” “You by no means compelled a girl into one of these place your self? ” I requested. “Being a guy, certainly, i've got occasionally attempted to make my point—and over-made it,” admitted basic. “My first spouse, Isabel, as soon as attacked me so ferocious, the acquaintances needed to support me get out of the home. That have been in Baltimore. because I come to ny, i've got bought extra experience. but there's a few chumps in Harlem who take one examine any girl, together with Minnie, and their senses wilderness them. what's it approximately womens that makes a guy lose his brain? ” “You resolution that, in the event you can. ” “I reckon it has to be their ladyhood,” declared basic. espresso holiday “My boss is white,” acknowledged uncomplicated. “Most bosses are,” I stated. “And being white and curious, my boss retains asking me simply what does THE Negro wish. the day before today he tackled me throughout the espresso holiday, conversing in regards to the Negro. He continually says ‘THE Negro,’ as though there has been now not 50-11 other kinds of Negroes within the U. S. A. ,” complained uncomplicated. “My boss says, ‘Now that you-all have gotten the Civil Rights invoice and the ideally suited courtroom, Adam Powell in Congress, Ralph Bunche within the United international locations, and Leontyne expense making a song within the Metropolitan Opera, plus Dr.

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