WORD XXXVI: OSCAR WILDE

Algernon: “Have you told Gwendolyn yet that you have an excessively pretty ward who is only just eighteen?”
Jack: “Oh! One doesn’t blurt these things out to people. Life is a question of tact. One leads up to the thing gradually. Cecily and Gwendolyn are perfectly certain to be extremely great friends. I’ll bet you anything you like that half an hour after they have met, they will be calling each other sister.”
Algernon: “Women only do that when they have called each other a lot of other things first.”

–Oscar Wilde, “The Importance of Being Earnest”

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