From The Last Bordello (1901). Madam Fannie Porter talks to Reba, her best friend and co-worker.
Reba’s voice brought me out of my doldrums.
She stood just inside the kitchen, her hip holding open the screen door. “Freshness growing from the ground up. Picked and served like He made possible.”
“You woke up from your nap.”
“Thought I died of a soft underbelly?”
“You? Hell, you might be eleven years older than me, but you’ve got more vim and Vigor than a rodeo bull. Just as stubborn, too.”
“Speakin’ a that. Tell ’em, Fannie. You don’t wants to beat a path around that ponderin’ bush. They needs to know.”
I followed her motion to come back inside. “You’re right, Rebie. We’ll tell them when they come down to eat.”
“We tells ’em? Ain’t no we about it. No, ma’am. That jawin’ session be yours.”
This time, it wouldn’t be a regular house meeting that consisted of reminders about chores that needed doing, client appointments, and Reba’s nagging them to douche and keep their pee-shes clean. This powwow would be different.