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Bootless (was: Who's crazy?)

From:John Cowan <cowan@...>
Date:Sunday, November 18, 2001, 23:59
David Peterson scripsit:

> Prospero indicates to Miranda that she should ask about her past, > and she says that she has before: "You have often begun to tell me what I am, > but stopp'd and left me to a bootless inquisition, concluding 'Stay: not yet'" > A "bootless inquisition"?! What the heck is that?!
"Bootless" = pointless, fruitless. So a "bootless inquisition" is a question session that doesn't get any answers. It's used in a more famous line from _Julius Caesar_: "And doth not Brutus bootless [= to no purpose] kneel [as well as the other conspirators, who are pretending to petition Caesar]?" "Sleeveless" means the same thing, usually in "sleeveless errand", one that fails of its purpose. -- John Cowan Please leave your values | Check your assumptions. In fact, at the front desk. | check your assumptions at the door. --sign in Paris hotel | --Miles Vorkosigan