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Theophrastus characters - distrust

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Posted by Jan den Breejen ( on July 12, 2003 at 03:05:34:

This could be mostly Vigilant Style?

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Of Diffidence, or distrust

DIFFIDENCE or distrust, is that which makes us jealous of fraud from all men. A diffident or distrustfull man is he, who if he send one to buy victualls, sends another after him to know what he paid. If he beare money about him, hee tells it at every furlong. Lying in his bed, he askes his wife if she have lockt her casket; if his chests be fast lockt; if the doors be fast bolted: and although she assure it, notwithstanding, naked without shoes he riseth out of his bed, lighteth a candle, surveighs all; and hardly falls asleep again for distrust. When he comes to his debtors for his use-money, he goes strong with his witnesses. When he is to turne; or trim some old gaberdine, he putteth it not to the best Fuller, but to him that doth best secure the return of his commodity. If any man borrow any pots, any pails, or pans, if he lend them it is very rare: but commonly he sends for them instantly again, before they are well at home with them. He biddeth his boy, not to follow them at the heels, but to go before them, lest they make escape with them. And to those which bid him make a note of any thing they borrow: nay, sayth he, lay downe rather; for my men are not at leisure to come and ask it.

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