Not Frightened

“That’s only another way of saying you’re frightened. Oh, it was just the same in America! We were there for a fortnight, and twenty-three men tried to make love to me when they were too drunk to have any real interest in it, but only one had the guts to make a pass at me sober. He was a truck-driver, and asked me to go to Skaneateles. Well, I didn’t want to go to Skaneateles, but I was grateful to him for not being frightened.”

— Lucy Pettigrew speaking in Laxdale Hall by Eric Linklater (1899-1974). A British novelist, poet and travel writer, Linklater studied at Cornell during the winter of 1928-29.


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