Saturday, October 30, 2010

L'Estrange: A Curst Dog.

There was a very good House-Dog, but so Dangerous a Cur to Strangers, that his Master put a Bell about his Neck, to give People Notice beforehand when he was coming. The Dog took this Bell for a particular Mark of his Master's Favour, till One of his Companions shew'd him his Mistake. You are mightly Out (says he) to take This for an Ornament or a Token of Esteem, which is in Truth, no other than a Note of Infamy set upon you for your Ill Manners.

This may serve for an Admonition to Those that make a Glory of the Marks of their Shame, and Value themselves upon the Reputation of an Ill Character.

Source: L'Estrange 226.
Canis Mordax  - Osius

Click here for a SLIDESHOW of all the Osius images. You can see the dog misbehaving in the center and then wearing his bell of shame on the right.

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