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“‘Course I don't know how it would'a been if we'd had a bunch of colored people livin' here. All I know is nobody ever thought of treatin' that family any different from anybody else.
“Would any of the town's big families today do what Minnie Thomas did? I don't know. I know some of them that wouldn't, I'm sure of that. Funny thing, it's usually the people that never had a damn thing when they were young and then come into money that are usually the biggest snobs. You can see some of ‘em struttin' around this town today -- they were poorer'n skim milk once
“Real people -- the ones that were born with somethin' and have always been used to it -- they're doin' somethin' for somebody else all the time. Lots of it is never known, like old Aaron Thomas. Many's the family that can thank him for a winter's coal supply or somethin' else they needed bad.
“I started talkin' about the Catholics comin' in, didn't I? Some of the first Irish families used to walk to Waterbury of a Sunday