From "Grandpa Clemens & Angelfish 1906"
(childlike boastfulness) Everyone will see this beautiful pin, and want to know what it is. Shall I tell them—I am an "angelfish"—I belong to the Aquarium Club? And Admiral Clemens is the president?
CLEMENS: Well—you need not tell all, dear Maddy. It is a secret society, you know.
CLEMENS: Why? Why, because—there are secret societies in the world, dear girl, and the Aquarium Club is one of them. That's why.
MADELYN: (puzzled) Oh. Yes...
CLEMENS: A secret society is only secret if it remains secret, you see. If its secret status is revealed, it is no longer "secret." That is the logic, dear Maddy.
MADELYN: Oh...yes. I see.
CLEMENS: A logic like mathematics, yes? If twenty divided by five is four, so then twenty divided by four is five; and five divided by four is—twenty. Yes?
MADELYN: It is...?
CLEMENS: Such is the logic of mathematics and geometry. One cannot refute it, even as one cannot comprehend it.
MADELYN: A secret society is to make people feel left out, I always thought. There are girls in our school...though "secret societies" are forbidden...who want to make others feel hurt, and jealous. That is the logic, I think.
CLEMENS: (impressed) Well—! Persuasively argued, dear Maddy. And all the more reason to keep the Aquarium Club more or less secret—so as not to make other little girls feel hurt, and jealous. Yes?