Home Before Dark

Cheever, Susan

Houghton Mifflin, 1984

p. 127

“The few times my male classmates did ask me for dates, they were met at the door by my father–transparently eager, instead of the stern, law-abiding parent they expected. He was positively euphoric with gratitude and relief. He thanked them profusely for asking me out and urged them to keep me out as late as they liked. It was unsettling. They always brought me home early, and they never came back.”