A person at Man's Estate, in a long black garment; laughing; riding upon a Hobby-horse; holding, in one Hand, a Whirligig of Past-board; and plays the Fool with Children, who make him twirl it by the Wind.
Folly is only acting contrary to true Decorum, and the common Custom of Men, delighting in childish Toys, and things of little Moment.
A Stripling walks in the Fields; treads upon a Snake which bites his Leg; on his right Side there is a Precipice, and a Torrent on the other; he leans only upon a weak Reed; and is surrounded with Lightning from Heaven.
His youth shows the Danger he is in. His walking shows that men walking through the flow'ry Fields of Prosperity fall into some Calamity unawares. The Reed shows the Fraility of our Life, in continual Danger: The Lightning that we are subject, besides, to Danger from Heaven.
Pen wrote:An interesting and rather doleful Fool I hadn't seen before, from Manners, Customs, and Dress During the Middle Ages, and During the Renaissance Period by Paul Lacroix from: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/10940/10 ... 0940-h.htm
Here's the image - I couldn't change the png file even in Photoshop, and it seems that the site won't display png files
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/10940/10 ... fig175.png
There's some interesting text about jugglers and fools, also card games, but no mention of tarot.
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