Smart people were valued because they could solve problems, not because they could speak pleasingly about them.
"Oh," said Grace, sounding disappointed. "I'm sorry to year you say something so stupid."
… so instead of having a romantic encounter, she wrote about one. This is a common dilemma among English majors.
I found these on post-it notes around my room. The first two are from an Enderverse book, probably Children of the Mind. I don't even remember where the third came from.