On Witty Women

Dear CF,

Two tidbits from Thomas Brown’s 1705 Characters of the Woman of the Age (specifically, his Character of a Witty Woman):

“Wit in Women is like Metal in a blind horse; it serves only to hazard their Shins.” —

“The greatest wanton is less charmed with her own beauty than the least witty is conceited with her own genius.”

Silly witty women.

Fondly,

M

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