Quotation by Mary Heaton Vorse

English audiences of working people are like an instrument that responds to the player. Thought ripples up and down them, and if in some heart the speaker strikes a dissonance there is a swift answer. Always the voice speaks from gallery or pit, the terrible voice which detaches itself in every English crowd, full of caustic wit, full of irony or, maybe, approval.
Mary Heaton Vorse (1874–1966), U.S. journalist and labor activist. A Footnote to Folly, ch. 11 (1935).

Vorse was active in the labor movement and other radical causes, beginning with a 1912 millworkers' strike in Lowell, Massachusetts.
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