The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Wednesday, November 12, 2003
Cet animal est très méchant - dead-tree intelligence not previously online!
It's a quotation (to which I somehow found myself alluding earlier in the week) that should, given its fame, be from some fictional work by Voltaire. However, my King's Classical and Foreign Quotations (1904) p 42 ascribes an altogether humbler origin.
(From memory, 1828 was around the time the Zoological Gardens in Regent's Park, London was established. Small world...)
The King's entry in full runs thus:
Cet animal est très méchant
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