Magazine article The Saturday Evening Post

You Be the Judge

Magazine article The Saturday Evening Post

You Be the Judge

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When Mary agreed that husband John's sweet-faced old mother should live with them, she never dreamed that the old lady was going to behave like an irritable she-dragon. After putting up with her for a year, she told John, "This is my house, and it's about time your mother quit ordering me around and let me run it."

"What can I do, darling?" John asked desperately. "I've got to take care of Mother, and I can't afford to maintain two homes. Please try to get along with her."

In an effort to make peace, John begged his mother not to argue with Mary. "I'm not a statue," she replied, "and I've got to have my say." Then she began to cry. "This is the thanks I get for raising a son. When he grows up, he marries a woman who quarrels with me."

Instead of mending matters, John's mother made them steadily worse. Finally, Mary announced, "I can't stand it any longer. …

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