Here’s the except from Chapter 10. It’s of the invitation offered to place bets on an unusual race sponsored by voting rights activists at the annual Harvest Festival in Concord, Massachusetts:
“Four bright red Bugatti race cars sat at the entrance to the festival, bathed in the early-autumn sunlight. Each car looked like a glossy red bullet placed on its side. Shiny silver pipes protruded from the engine. The two black leather seats at the far end were framed by large wheels that looked as if they could have been stolen from any passing bicycle. Beside the race cars stood Colonel Darlington’s Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost and a sign that read:
The Petition Drive!
Raising Money for Lady Liberty!
Rules: Women drivers only. One man may ride along, but he mustn’t touch the wheel.
Grand prize:The use of the Darlington Rolls-Royce for one week.
BET ON YOUR FAVORITE!
WE CAN’T FUND THE VOTE IF YOU STAND THERE
WITH YOUR HANDS IN YOUR POCKETS!
This event was approved by Reverend Ames.