When a very young Professor Bruce was in Austria, he met a couple from Romania. In his autobiography he recalled the interesting conversation:
The visiting brother was a little, rather self-assertive man, with a large, patient-looking wife. The conversation got around somehow to the role of women in church and home and he said, “I always stand on the standpoint, ‘The husband is the head of the wife.’” I thought the time had come for something to be said on the other side, so I asked if the name of an English preacher called Spurgeon was known in their part of the world. Yes, his name was known. So I told how Spurgeon, addressing a bridal couple once, said, “We frequently hear it emphasized that the husband is the head of the wife, but the wisest man who ever lived said that ‘a virtuous woman is a crown to her husband’—and everyone knows that a crown is worn on top of the head.”
“That,” said he, “is not in the Bible.”
Nowadays I should (I hope) have been wise enough to leave him with that last preposterous word, but then, in my mid-twenties, I was tactless enough to direct his attention to Proverbs 12:4. That is not really the way to win friends and influence people.
F. F. Bruce, In Retrospect