The Beauty and the Beast

“When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.” — Jonathan Swift

Maybe it was true at his time (Jonathan Swift [1667-1745]) that in the world there were geniuses and dunces and the rest, the majority of the people, undetermined yet. Now it’s different. The rest has disappeared, and the number of geniuses didn’t grow significantly, so we safely may truncate Swift’s quote.

“When a true genius appears in the world all are in confederacy against him.”

All but the women with whom he has children. Because she feels the same trouble coming up for her offspring.
Therefore she shows not as much an intellectual but rather an emotional type of solidarity.

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