SOCIAL INEQUALITY

Puss with a ribbon met pussy with none.
    Who stopped for a friendly chat;
But the ribboned Pussy said coldly "Begone,
    You common, insolent cat!

Your social position is open to doubt,
    While the badge of my own I wear,"
And Puss with a ribbon at Puss without
    Looked straight with a stony stare.

The Beautiful Land of Nod by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Chicago: Morrill, Higgins & Co. [1892]


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