“The Sturdy Oak” is propaganda pure and simple, dedicated to the cause of suffrage. Its writers have received no recompense ; its publishers expect no profits; the entire proceeds from its sale are to be devoted to the achievement of votes for women. The prospect of getting fourteen leading authors for the price of one should entice the public into making the propaganda profitable from a pecuniary point of view. Assuming that only the unintelligent are left in the ranks of the unbelievers, it may prove to be popular also from the point of view of morale.
Co-authors: Alice Duer Miller, Ethel Watts Mumford, Samuel Merwin, Harry Leon Wilson, Fannie Hurst, Kathleen Norris, Leroy Scott, Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Wordcount: 59,170 / 180 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 82.8
LoC Categories: J, PN
Genres: Short Story Collection, Women’s Studies, Politics
that she worked when she didn’t have to (people talked about this; even to him!) and flatly refused to give her brother money for soda.
As if a little soda ever hurt anybody. She took it herself, often enough. Within five minutes he had laid the matter before her–up in that solemn office, where they made you feel so uncomfortable. She had said: “Pudge Sheridan, you’re killing yourself! Not one cent more for wrecking your stomach!”
She had called him “Pudge.” For months he had been reminding her that his name was Percival. And he wasn’t wrecking his stomach. That was silly talk. He had eaten but two nut sundaes and a chocolate frappé since luncheon. It wasn’t soda and candy that made him so fat. Some folks just were fat, and some folks were thin. That was all there was to it!
Pudge himself would have a private income when he was twenty-one. Six years off … and Billy Simmons in his white apron, was waiting now, on the other side of the marble counter, for his order–and g