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The Little Foxes

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Little Foxes first editionFirst edition
By Lillian Hellman
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First performed
1939, New York City

Literary form


Writing language

Author's country
United States

Three acts, approx. 21,500 words

Notable lines

You gone stark out of your head?

No, smart lady, I ain't.

— First lines

There are people who eat earth and eat all the people on it like in the Bible with the locusts. Then there are people who stand around and watch them eat it. Sometimes I think it ain't right to stand and watch them do it.


Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth.


You know what I've always said when people told me we were rich? I said I think you should either be a n—— or a millionaire.


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 some day. We'll get along.


Are you afraid, mama?

— Last line


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See also:

The Great Gatsby

Our Town

The Grapes of Wrath

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