She Has The True Emily Dickinson Spirit Except That She Gets Fed Up Occasionally
The gardener depicted in this cartoon was West Cornwall, CT Thurber-friend Ruth Chrisman Gannett. Jim and Helen, Mark and Dot, Lewis and Ruth and a number of other local literati frequently dined together at each other's homes. First featured in the June 23, 1934 issue of The New Yorker, the cartoon (copy or original?) hung above a half-bath's commode in Ruth's home for many decades (as remembered by her 12 grandchildren). Thurber's caption was specific to Ruth, whose gardens were as legend as her "spirit".