The Little Foxes and Another Part of the Forest by Lillian Hellman

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The century’s turning, the world is open. Open for people like you and me. Ready for us, waiting for us. After all this is just the beginning. There are hundreds of Hubbards sitting in rooms like this throughout the country. All their names aren’t Hubbard, but they are all Hubbards and they will own this country someday.

The Little Foxes, or Turn of the Century Decaying Southern Aristocrats are Butt Hurt About Slavery Ending, Are Greedy and Generally The Worst.

Lillian Hellman wrote the words above in 1939, and it’s thoroughly disheartening how prescient they were. The Hubbard siblings want to invest in a cotton mill. Except their sister Regina’s husband, convalescing in Baltimore, doesn’t reply to their many letters asking him to provide a third of the seed money. From a slow and overly talky act one, the next two acts spin out a tale of avarice and betrayal.

Tallulah Bankhead played Regina on stage, Bette Davis in the film version. Not everyone agrees, but I loved Bette in this movie:

In 1946, Hellman wrote a prequel to this story, Another Part of the Forest.

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"I´m not going to stand around and watch you do it. Tell him I´ll be fighting as hard as he´ll be fighting some place where people dont just stand around and watch."