Mr. Gasper smiles at the judge’s joke. “Giving all the credit I can to the business capacities of women, I hold old-fashioned ideas. I think however much women may be capable of managing their own affairs, they benefit by having men of business assist them.”
The judge’s expression shifts and his amiable mood passes. “That is a matter of opinion, Mr. Gasper,” Justice Norris says. “It may be the low opinion held of women in this country which brings you to that conclusion. I don’t agree with you. In respect to business capacity and intelligence, a woman is in all respects the equal of a man.”
“But as a matter of history and common opinion,” Mr. Gasper says, “there is a large body of people who don’t think so.”
Justice Norris lifts his eyebrows. “There are a few fossils who don’t think so.”
The court erupts in laughter, though I can’t tell whether it’s directed at the judge’s joke or Mr. Gasper. Mr. Trevelyan seems especially amused.
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