may be put to the service of wit either openly or
allusively. Of the latter type is the remark of
Augustus, made to a soldier who showed signs of
timidity in presenting a petition, “Don't hold it out
as if you were giving a penny to an elephant.”
Quintilian. With An English Translation. Harold Edgeworth Butler. Cambridge. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann, Ltd. 1921.
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