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Quotation by James Thurber
Sophistication might be described as the ability to cope gracefully with a situation involving the presence of a formidable menace to one's poise and prestige (such as the butler, or the man under the bed—but never the husband).
James Thurber (1894–1961), U.S. humorist, illustrator. New Yorker (Aug. 2, 1930).
Thurber was referring specifically to sophistication in cartoon-drawing.
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