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No, that's the only time I ever did. I used to have a lot of dreams about a fella I was engaged to before I married him, though. Well, that was when I was a farm girl, about eighteen, I guess, and I went around with this fella for a while and he asked me to marry him; then there was a wild girl come to town, and she stole him away from me. Then when she was done with him, she broke up the preacher's family. He went away, and I never seen him no more; but for about ten years after I was married, I kept thinkin' maybe I'd see him again.

This place ain't very nice, and I reckon I'll die right here and git carried out. That woman that let you in, see, she's the housekeeper, or that's what she calls herself. OF OLDER PEOPLE THE SPECIAL PROBLEMS 13 jist come last year, and she was purty good at first, but now she don't do nothin' at all. Why, she ain't even cleaned the toilet and one day for over a month. There's a lot of people uses ain't shame that place so dirty,' but she says says to her, 'It's woman is. Down the hall there's any of her business how dirty ain't right for they say has cancer, and she uses that toilet, and her to be in there when don't git cleaned up no better than that.

Loss of physical attractiveness. Most of us, men as well as women, learn to place a high value upon our beauty and our strength. At the very least we value highly our physical and mental vigor, our ability to do a hard day's work. In addition, most of us value our manliness or womanliness— the things that make us attractive to the other sex. Against THE SPECIAL PROBLEMS OF OLDER PEOPLE 27 these values the advancing years wage war. They rob a woman of her ability to have children usually before she is fifty.

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