Date: Wed, 26 Oct 1994 09:58:48 -0700 From: Judith Rascoe 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).