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3. JUDGE Seventeen years? (to woman) You been takin' keer of dis man for seventeen years? WOMAN Naw, but he been so mean to me, it seems lak seventeen years.

JUDGE Now you tell me just where he hurt you.

WOMAN Judge, tell you de truth, I'm hurt all over. XRubs her buttocks) Fact is I'm cut,

JUDGE Did you git cut in de fracas?

WOMAN (Feeling the back of her left thigh below her buttocks) Not in de fracas, Judge - just below it. (She starts to show the JUDGE where she has been cut. He motions to stop her.) JUDGE Stop ! (to Officer Simpson) Grab him. Put him in de shade. CLIFF Judge, I'm unguilty ! I ain't laid de weight of my hand on her in malice. You got me 'cused of murder and I ain't harmed a child. JUDGE Lemme ast you something. Didn't you know dat all de women in dis town belongs to me? Beat my women and I'll stuff you in jail. 90 years. Take 'im away.

(CLIFF is led off to jail. JUDGE looks angrily at the boy who is holding hands with the pretty girl). You runs me hot and I'm just dyin' to sit gn Eo ' case. `.'hut you in lere for? BOY Nothin'.

JUDGE Well, whut you dote' in my court, you gater-faced rascal?

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Lawing and Jawing
Contributor Names
Hurston, Zora Neale
Created / Published
Registered for copyright July 1931
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Copyright Deposit Drama Collection
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