Date: Wed, 26 Oct 1994 09:58:48 -0700

From: Judith Rascoe boise[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]WELL.SF.CA.US

Subject: Re: "I don't care" -- a footnote

Sensitized by the discussion here, I noticed the following exchange in a

novel about Indiana in the mid l9th century:

Kindly gentleman to poor, hungry child: "Won't you join me for dinner?"

Child, gratefully accepting: "Thank you. I don't care if I do."

(The novel is 'The Dark Fantastic' by Echard, pub in 1947. The author

says it's based on events in the life of her great-grandmother, who lived

near Terre Haute).