Saturday, November 20, 2010

L'Estrange: An Ass taught Grammar.

There was a bold undertaking Pedant, wager'd his Neck against a certain Sum of Money, that in Ten Years time he would teach an Ass to Write, Read and Chop Logick. His Friends call'd him a Thousand Mad-men for casting away his Life upon so absolute an Impossibility. Pray, Gentlemen, (says the Undertaker) have but a little Patience; for 'tis odds, that before the Term's out, either the Prince Dies (that's a Party to the Contract), or the Ass Dies, or the Adventurer Dies, and then the Danger's over.

Collusion without Malice is, in many Cases, not only Laudable but necessary.

Source: L'Estrange 363.
Grammaticus et Asinus

Click here for a SLIDESHOW of all the Brant images. It looks like the donkey thinks the lesson book is very tasty! :-)
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