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“A livelier emerald twinkles in the grass, a purer sapphire melts into the sea,” Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote in “Maud,” a super-sticky 1855 poem in which he also says he “would die to save from some slight shame one simple girl.”. Aren’t you glad you don’t live in the 19th century, when being simple was a good thing? In addition to penicillin and contact lenses, you now benefit from an era when you can actually talk as an equal to the partner of your dreams—unlike, we suspect, that luckless Maud—and if it’s about your engagement ring, he (or she! Thank you, Supreme Court!) will be happy to listen. (If not, dump this dope before it’s too late.). But still, Tennyson was on to something, at lea... Full story

23 June