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Without PrecedentThe Life of Susie Marshall Sharp$
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Anna R. Hayes

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780807832141

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807887813_hayes

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The Road to He Supreme Court

The Road to He Supreme Court

(p.209) Chapter 11 The Road to He Supreme Court
Without Precedent

Anna R. Hayes

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter shows that Susie Sharp was not willing to sacrifice John Kesler if ever she was nurturing ambitions to become a member of the state's highest appellate court. In vivid contrast to her feelings for Venitah Breckenridge, Susie found every mention of Sudie Kesler by John or others to be painful. She hated to hear him refer to “my wife” and would sink into silent despair until he reassured her of his feelings for her. Once, when someone told her about meeting Sudie with John before they were married, Susie Sharp recorded that it had made her sick to her stomach. In the time-worn lament of countless other “other women,” she told John that “my idea of heaven is to be able to go openly thru the front door of places with [you] and where I can call all and sundry and say: ‘I want you to meet John.’” John said, “If we just loved each other less, it would be simple.”

Keywords:   Susie Sharp, John Kesler, appellate court, Venitah Breckenridge, Sudie Kesler

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