Quotation by Willa Cather

About the London shop girls of the meaner short no derogatory remarks can be too strong, just as no commendation can be too high of the courtesy, honest, and good nature of the girls who wait on you in the shops on Oxford and Bond Streets. This court-born, alley- nursed, street-bred girl is everywhere. Sometimes she is sober, oftener she is not. She sells you flowers and fruit on every corner, serves in bars and cheap eating-houses. We have nothing at all at home to correspond to her ...She wears flowers and paste jewels, but she seldom bathes, never has enough hairpins, and considers toothbrushes necessary only for members of the royal family.
Willa Cather (1876–1947), U.S. novelist. Willa Cather in Europe, ch. 5 (1956).

Written on July 22, 1902.
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