[percy-l] LITR Slow Read - Chapter 1 - "July Fourth"

Karl M. Terrell kterrell at stokeswagner.com
Tue Jul 1 10:20:52 EDT 2014

"Have" is more passive than "make."  A more forceful action (and verb) was  unnecessary.  It was the "old style," backed by unspoken custom.  If the maid were to violate the rule and drop into the front seat, the conservative housewife would have frowned uncomfortably.  Some would have been quick to redirect the maid to the back seat, and would have done so with an icy sweetness -- "Annie Mae, no; you'll be much more comfortable in the back seat."

The liberal housewife, therefore, must "make" the maid sit up front with her.

Such as it was, it in the 'go fetch the maid' days of the Jim Crow world Percy knew.

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> On Jun 30, 2014, at 7:31 AM, "Karl M. Terrell" <kterrell at stokeswagner.com> wrote:
> while conservative Christian housewives have their maids ride in the back seat, in the “old style” … “Liberal housewives make their maids ride on the front seat”

I have the same passage highlighted in my book.  I wonder, what is the difference between the verbs "have" and "make"? In either case, none of the housewives "let" the maids ride where the will.  

Interesting also that Tom's women have jobs in the midst of this housewife dotted paradise he describes.
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