THE STRUGGLE FOR INDIVIDUALISM
THE reactionary attitude of Miss Marion Heller baffled Nicky more than Mrs. Leffingwell's vagaries, more in fact than anything with which she had to contend during all the years she was on the WPA. And Miss Heller seemed so nice, too. She was a little too large to be really snappy looking and she was getting along toward forty. Nicky could see, too, that her clothes hadn't exactly come from Fifty-seventh Street, but at least Miss Heller wore them right, like someone that knew how clothes should be worn. In fact Miss Heller looked so exactly like a successful woman of thirty-six or seven working in an office that it took Nicky several months to realize that she was really on WPA.
She did not boast like Mrs. Leffingwell and so many of the older people about how prosperous she had been before the depression. She seemed to identify herself with the underprivileged and the downtrodden even more thoroughly than lots of the party members did. Though she wasn't supposed to have anything to do with the children for whose benefit