„When Henry Mulcahy, a middle-aged instructor of literature at Jocelyn College, Jocelyn, Pennsylvania, unfolded the President's letter and became aware of its contents, he gave a sudden sharp cry of impatience and irritation, as if such interruptions could positively be brooked no longer.“

—  Mary McCarthy, livro The Groves of Academe

Fonte: The Groves of Academe (1952), Ch. I, p. 293, first lines of novel

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