Sunday, 1 April 2012

Ongar: An extract from the Commonplace Book of Edward Reeve c1860

A Mr Page, a gallant old bachelor, picked up a young lady’s glove, which he restored with the following extempore effusion:

“If but from glove, you take the letter g.
Then glove is love, which I devote to thee”.

Upon which the clever young lady immediately replied

“And if from Page, you take the letter p
Then Page is age, and that won’t do for me.”
It is better to do a wise thing, and say a foolish one, than do a foolish thing and say a wise one.

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