Mary: I'll get started on the dress now.
Miss Whipple: Now, hold on just a minute there. You know, you weren't even supposed to finish this skirt today, let alone get started on another garment.
Mary: But I--
Mrs. Whipple: No buts. Now, it's 4:00. School is just getting out. Why don't you go and walk home with Laura for a change?
Mary: I can get started on the dress.
Mrs. Whipple: Mary, you musn't argue with old people. It's not good for them, and anyway, you can't win.