[...] What for? What for? Why, to keep down people's stomach; take off a slice of their pride. Mother! do you think eating and people's pride have anything to do with each other? I guess I do! I tell you, fasting is as good as whipping to take down a child's stomach; let 'em get real thin and empty, and they'll come down and be as meek as Moses. Folks ain't different from children. You never tried that with me, mother, said Diana, half laughing.[...].