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Re: Bootless (was: Who's crazy?)

From:J Y S Czhang <czhang23@...>
Date:Monday, November 19, 2001, 6:41
In a message dated 18.11.2001 11:59:29 PM, cowan@MERCURY.CCIL.ORG writes:

>> 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]?" >
The "Boot" was a torture tool of the Inquistion.... it twisted and tore the foot it was placed upon.