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“Wit elicits wit . . .”

November 25, 2009

Wit elicits wit; and when such brilliant materials meet, they form the flint and steel of conversation; appreciation is the tinder, which, though not bright in itself, receives and cherishes the scintillations as they fall.  Who has not felt his intellect expand with the assurance of having what he says understood?  Appreciation certainly is a talent.

The American Ladies and Gentleman’s Manual of Elegance, Fashion, and True Politeness, by Charles William Day, 1852.  From the Hathi Trust Digital Library.  Original images here and here.

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