Women are often amusing conversationalists, particularly when stimulated by a masculine audience or by the fact that they are wearing new hats. But if the badinage across a tea-table were carried on in black and white; if ivory tablets were provided for the composition of mots in pencil, would the written small-talk charm? Would it scintillate and glitter? No, thought the editors of the Harvard Crimson (undergraduate daily). To test the well-known fact that a woman's wit is quenched by the sight of a sheet of paper like a candle by a...

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