"A herdsman once appeared in great trouble at the confessional, avowing that while making cheese during Lent a few drops of milk had found their way into his mouth. The confessor, skilled in the customs of the country, discovered in the course of his examination that the penitent and his friends were in the practice of robbing and murdering travelers, but that, through the force of habit, this usage gave rise to no twinges of conscience within them." Poggio Bracciolini, Facetiae, fol. 164.
A Janus-tale that points two ways: to the pleasures
of the Commedia dell'Arte
and the ethical urgings of Reinhold Niebuhr
Labels: broken frames, commedia dell'arte, ethics, facetiae, gifthub, Poggio Bracciolini, Reinhold Niebuhr