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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Women and Men, chapter 54 (search)
Class, just graduated, he will find Harry occurring five times and Henry seven; Frank once and Francis four times; and his eyes will be regaled also with Fred and Bertie. In the Junior Class, to graduate next year, he will find only one Harry to nineteen who bear the name of Henry; but, on the other hand, he will find the brief naduate department Henry is to Harry as forty-eight to thirteen,while Frank is to Francis as twenty-three to nineteen; and there are four Freds, besides Harrie and Bertie. There are thus in these official Harvard lists nearly forty of these familiar nicknames, which are thought so preposterous at a woman's college. Of course they are not the same nicknames, because they belong to a different sex; but can it be maintained that Harrier and Bertie are essentially noble, heroic, masculine, while Georgie and Freddie are hopelessly feminine, and therefore weak? Whether the numerical proportion of pet names is greater at women's colleges is not to the purpose