ANNA. Listen, Mr. Honesty! It is impolite to escort a lady and to spend the whole journey talking to her solely about your own honesty! It may be true, but at the very least it’s boring. Never talk to women about your own good qualities. Let them find out for themselves. When he was your age, my Nikolay, in the company of women, only used to sing songs and tell stories, but at the same time every woman knew what kind of man he was.

—Anton Chekhov, Ivanov