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I’m a grumpy old man I was born in August I’m too old to fight too slow to run shirt, hoodie, tank top
“Gorky,” Sarah answered, closing her eyes in a way to express volumes.
You could hear all the members catch their breath. This was what they had come for. I broke the oppressive silence.
“I foresee,” I said, “that in the discussion of this subject there will be said things likely to bring a blush to the cheek of innocence, and I move that all unmarried women under the age of twenty-five be excluded from the meeting for as long as this man is under discussion.”
A fierce cry of rage rose from all parts of the crowded room. I did not understand. I could see no one who would be affected by the rule. Mrs. Blanderocks raised her hand to command silence and said coldly: I’m a grumpy old man I was born in August I’m too old to fight too slow to run shirt, hoodie, tank top
“The motion is out of order. By a special provision of our constitution it is the inalienable right of all unmarried women to be under twenty-five. We will be as careful in our language as the subject will permit. Mrs. Warner will please read the words of Mrs. Flint.”
I was shocked to think I had made such a mistake. Sarah rose and read in a clear, sharp voice from the clipping:
“Should not we as women take some action against this man? People of such character should not be allowed in this country. Of course when he arrived it was not known how he was living, but he came here and expected to be received; and I think he should be deported. Gorky is the embodiment of Socialism.”
Everybody applauded violently. I was puzzled and asked a question as soon as I could make myself heard.
“Suppose Gorky is a Socialist,” I said; “what has that to do with his morals?”
“Everything,” replied Mrs. Blanderocks, haughtily.
“Socialists don’t believe in marriage,” said Sarah Warner, taking another clipping from her pocket-book and reading: “‘Mrs. Cornelia Robinson said: When the question of uniform divorce law is taken up, we shall find that the Socialists are against it as a body. It is not that they are opposed to divorce, but they do not believe in marriage.