10-second review: A rumor that a devil baby is at Hull House brings many women to see what they believe to be retribution for some domestic sin committed by a man against a woman or child. The stories of most of these women are of unrelieved tragedy at the hands of their husbands.
Quote: “…the eternal patience of those humble toiling women who through the generations have been held of little value, save as their drudgery ministered to their men.” p. 79.
Comment: The problem of the rights of women in a man's world. The women interviewed in this essay are bitter, and even wish for death. RayS.
Best American Essays of the Century. Editors: Oates and Atwan.