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A monologue from the play by Jules Feiffer
I talk too much. I’m quite bright, so it’s interesting, but nevertheless, I talk too much. You see, already I’m saying much more than I should say.
Boys hate it for a girl to blurt out, ‘I’m bright.’ They think she’s really saying, I’m brighter than you are.’ As a matter of fact, that is what I am saying.
I’m brighter than even the brightest boys I know. That’s why it’s a mistake to talk too much. Boys fall behind and feel challenged and grow hostile.
So when I’m very attracted to a boy I make a point to talk more slowly than I would to one of my girl friends.
And because I guide him along from insight he ends up being terribly impressed with his own brilliance. And with mine for being able to keep up with him.
And he tells me I’m the first girl he’s ever met who’s as interesting as one of his mates. That’s love.
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