I am going to cheat a bit today and give look at letters from two different days. Don't mention it to anyone and perhaps no one will notice.
Browning writes a short note to Miss Barrett on June 19, 1845:
"When I next see you, do not let me go on and on to my confusion about matters
I am more or less ignorant of, but always ignorant. I tell you plainly I only
trench on them, and intrench in them, from gaucherie, pure and respectable ... I
should certainly grow instructive on the prospects of hay-crops and
pasture-land, if deprived of this resource. And now here is a week to wait
before I shall have any occasion to relapse into Greek literature when I am
thinking all the while, 'now I will just ask simply, what flattery there was,'
&c. &c., which, as I had not courage to say then, I keep to myself for
shame now. This I will say, then—wait and know me better, as you will one long
day at the end."
Miss Barrett cannot resist to respond the following day:
"If on Greek literature or anything else it is your pleasure to cultivate a
reputation for ignorance, I will respect your desire—and indeed the point of the
deficiency in question being far above my sight I am not qualified either to
deny or assert the existence of it; so you are free to have it all your own way."
A gentle poke and a denial of all knowledge of his ignorance. Classy.