Because that conceit was straight/gay vs straight/straight, I could do a lot of overtly straight humor and it would be acceptable.
And the surplus of conceit on display in Kevin's replies is a poor substitute for this deficit of knowledge.
And the conceit of total artifice deprives us of what Tolstoy is best at: marrying artifice with verisimilitude.
late 14c., "something formed in the mind, thought, notion," from conceiven (see conceive) based on analogy of deceit and receipt. Sense evolved from "something formed in the mind," to "fanciful or witty notion" (1510s), to "vanity" (c.1600) through shortening of self-conceit (1580s).