Thursday, January 19, 2017

What are you doing out there?

"In July of 1846, while on his way to Concord to run an errand, Henry David Thoreau was arrested by the local sheriff for failure to pay a poll tax."  Marash Girl's father Peter always regaled Marash Girl with the tale, quoting the conversation between Henry David Thoreau and his friend, Ralph Waldo Emerson. (See below.)

"What are you doing in there?" Emerson asked Thoreau after Thoreau had been imprisoned for non-payment of poll taxes.
"What are you doing out there?" Thoreau asked Emerson.

At the Civil Rights March of 1965, Robert ...ian asked Marash Girl, "What are you doing in there?"
Knowing well the story of Emerson and Thoreau, Marash Girl had the temerity to answer, "What are you doing out there?"


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