Pretty or Smart? Anne of Green Gables on My Mind…
All I could think of was Megan Follows in “Anne of Green Gables”:
DIANA: Anne! You’ve got more nerve than a fox in a hen house.
ANNE: I don’t see any need in being civil to someone who chooses to associate with the likes of Josie Pye.
DIANA: You’re just jealous. ANNE: I am not. You take that back, Diana Barry!
DIANA: She’s jealous of you. Gilbert told Charlie Sloan that you’re the smartest girl in school, right in front of Josie.
ANNE: He did?
DIANA: He told Charlie that being smart was better than being good-looking.
ANNE: I might have known he meant to insult me.
DIANA: No, he didn’t.
ANNE: It isn’t better. I’d much rather be pretty than smart. But at least I don’t have to cheat like Josie does.
DIANA: She doesn’t have to cheat; she just does it because she’s a Pye.
Thanks to http://greengables.tripod.com/ I found the script, although it is probably embedded in my subconscious from repetitive viewing in the mid to late 1980s and beyond.
But as for the original questions – pretty or smart? I think I look tolerable, and I enjoy my mind. I think I have made more of my brain than I have of my appearance – so I reckon – on balance, I’d rather be smart than pretty, unlike Anne.