"I don't care what you do with me, Brer Fox," he said, "just don't fling me into that brier patch. Roast me, Brer Fox," he said, "but don't fling me into that brier patch."
Thomas called Senator Danforth at 6:30 A.M. on Friday, October 11, to read him his prepared statement. Danforth suggested a couple of very minor changes. Luttig called Thomas one last time to find out what he had written. He asked Thomas if he had prepared his statement. "Yes," replied Thomas. He then refused to read it to him.
A deputy federal marshal picked up the Thomases and drove them to the Russell Senate Office Building. Along the way, Ginni listened to religious music through earphones. Thomas gazed out the window and collected his thoughts and courage. They arrived at Danforth's office at nine. They would have an hour to make final preparations for the ten o'clock hearing.
The hallway outside Danforth's office was crowded with boisterous supporters of Thomas. Black church members hailed him as he approached. Inside the office, other well-wishers were assembled, including many of the women who had worked for Thomas and come to Capitol Hill to defend him. Danforth led his wife, Sally, and the Thomases into his office for some privacy. They sat on adjacent couches.
After discussing the hearings, the two couples held hands and prayed. Again, Danforth supplicated God to impart strength to Thomas, "for he has none." He prayed that Thomas might be freed of the burden of wanting to be on the Supreme Court, and that he seek only to do God's will. Afterwards, they rose from their seats.
"This is going to sound a little hokey," Danforth said, and asked that they follow him. The senator led the three to his office bathroom, the