Quotation by Eudora Welty

... my mother ... piled up her hair and went out to teach in a one-room school, mountain children little and big alike. The first day, some fathers came along to see if she could whip their children, some who were older than she. She told the children that she did intend to whip them if they became unruly and refused to learn, and invited the fathers to stay if they liked and she'd be able to whip them too. Having been thus tried out, she was a great success with them after that.
Eudora Welty (b. 1909), U.S. fiction writer. One Writer's Beginnings, ch. 2 (1984).
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