Ophelia was no Shakespeare, as her friends liked to remind her.

She could talk, certainly. She was also productive, thoughtful, and incredibly good at whatever she put her mind to. But for the written word, she was no poet, often producing just a series of ideas that others needed to edit into something cogent.

When she announced her run for public office, then, her best friend, Katy, offered her skills as a speech writer. Ophelia agreed, and between the two of them, Ophelia rocketed to the top of the polls.

And she won with a simple response to her loudmouthed opponent: “Oh, what a noble mind is here overthrown.”


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