"When I was young, I had a little friend; and one day, when other little friends were invited to a festivity, I said: 'Look here! You hide behind this curtain, and then nobody will know where you are.'
'But,' said my little friend, 'nobody cares!'
The pitiful experience indicated by this remark has remained with me, and I have frequently thought that when we are prepared to jump out from behind our curtain and surprise people with our opinions, we should be warned by my small friend's pathetic conclusion.
However, we never profit by other people's experience, so here I am" (Sothern, 1916, preface).