Ma's increasing interest
in things cultured was not immediately popular with Pa, who's view of literacy
extends about as far as reading the paper once a week--whether he needs to or
Ma hears of a Theatre
Guild that sponsored monthly lectures some distance from their place.
Determined to attend, she instructed Pa to check the meeting time before they
set out. This naturally aroused Pa's contrary spirit.
"Pa, have you called
the Theatre Guild yet?"
"No, Ma. We
don't know any Theodore Guild."
"It ain't a person,
Pa. It's an organization. It's THEATRE GUILD."
"I told you, Ma.
There's no Theodore Guild in this county."
"Not Theodore ...
THEATRE. The word's THEATRE. T-H-E-A-T-R-E."
"Woman, you need more
book-learning. That ain't the way Theodore is spelled."