Friday, September 3, 2010

L'Estrange: A Boy and False Alarms

A Shepherd’s Boy had gotten a roguy Trick of crying a Wolfe, a Wolfe when there was no such Matter, and fooling the Country People with false Alarms. He had been at this Sport so many times in Jest, that they would not believe him at last he was in Earnest: And so the Wolves brake in upon the Flock, and worry’d the Sheep at Pleasure.

He must be a very wise Man that knows the true Bonds, and Measures of fooling, with a respect to Time, Place, Matters, Persons, &c. But Religion, Business, and Cases of Consequence must be expected out of that sort of Liberty.

Source: L'Estrange 75.
Puer Mendax

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