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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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Formative Years

Formative Years

(p.20) Chapter 2 Formative Years
Without Precedent

Anna R. Hayes

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on when Susie Sharp finished high school, at which time she had already set her course in life. Susie had decided she wanted to be a lawyer and that she would never marry. In high school, Susie was a serious student, although the notes she and her best friend Janie Sands passed in class reveal a perfectly typical teenage sense of humor and silliness. Jokes about fellow classmates and teachers, teasing remarks about boys, plans for after school, all the usual topics of teenage girls are there, spiked with the occasional pseudolegalism redolent of the Sharp household. In addition to Janie, Susie had other close friends, including Margaret Fillman and Margaret Reid Newnam, forever to be known as “the two Margarets.” Somewhat surprisingly, Susie also got along with one of the prettiest girls in the class, a blonde with bobbed hair and a talent for frivolity, named Constance Gwaltney.

Keywords:   Susie Sharp, Janie Sands, pseudolegalism, Sharp household, Margaret Fillman, Margaret Reid Newnam, two Margarets, Constance Gwaltney

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