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The Code

("We women are not supposed to be humorous, I know."—Anti-suffrage speech.)

Ladies, true to the tradition
Of the ivy and the oak,
Never make the dark admission
That you see a joke!

Laugh and smile, for that's beguiling,
If the teeth are good;
But not knowing why you're smiling—
That's true womanhood.

Humour must remain a stranger
To the loving female mind,
If we would avoid all danger
Of a thought unkind.

Chivalry would go to Hades
Very, very quickly then.
Men may laugh at us poor ladies;
We must not at men.

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