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 http://www.ccil.org/~cowan email@example.com
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