Manuscripts/Mixed Material [The Family of an Automobile Worker]
Mrs. Whelchel had first told us that we had better come back for the interview when she was not so busy, and up to now had been merely extending to us a sort of preliminary hospitality. But there didn't seem to be a time when she would not be busy, after some minutes of trying to arrange a future date, she decided that now was as good a time as any. We sat down in the living room, and she took up some crocheting so that she might work with her hands while she talked. She was making some coasters for iced-tea glasses.
One of the interviewers, seeing some wandering [jew?] in a hanging vase, casually asked if it were not bad luck to have wandering jew in the house. “I never heard of it,” she said, “but did you ever hear that it was bad luck to have goldfish in the house? There's a lady down the street from me that