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The World’s Wit and Humor: An Encyclopedia in 15 Volumes.  1906.
Vols. I–V: American
The Woman Who Used Her Theory
By Josephine Daskam Bacon (1876–1961)
From “Fables for the Fair”

THERE was once a Woman who had a Theory that Men did Not Care for Too Much Intellectuality in her Sex. After this Theory she shaped her Actions, which Shows her to have been a Remarkable Woman. One day a Man asked her if she Belonged to his Sister’s Ibsen Club.
  “Oh, no,” she answered; “I Cannot understand Ibsen at all.”  2
  The Next Time he called he brought her a Bunch of Violets and asked her if she read Maeterlinck.  3
  “No; I think it is Very Silly,” she replied.  4
  Then the Man brought her a Box of Chocolates, remarking, “‘Sweets to the Sweet’—do you not think Shakespeare was Right?”  5
  The Woman saw that she was Making Progress. Now was her Time to Stop, but this she Did Not Perceive.  6
  “Shakespeare?” said she. “Oh, yes, I have read a little of His Works, but I do not see Much Sense in them, to tell the Truth.”  7
  “Nay, nay,” said the Man, “this is Too Much. Not to Understand Ibsen, shows that you are a Good Woman; to think Maeterlinck Silly, augurs Well for your Intelligence; but not to see Much Sense in Shakespeare, implies that you are Uneducated.”  8
  And he did not Call Again.  9
  This teaches us that it is Possible to Get Too Much of a Good Thing.  10

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