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Group No. 140


J. The wise and the foolish

Group No.

J1700 – J1749

Group name

Fools (general)


J1700. J1700. Fools. **Clouston Noodles; *Field Myth of the Pent Cuckoo; *Types 1200-1349, 1381-1387, 1430, 1450, 1642, 1643, 1653B, 1675, 1680-1696, 1725, 1750, 1775; *Bolte Frey’s Gartengesellschaft No. 1; Köhler-Bolte I 135. – Swiss: Jegerlehner Oberwallis 299 No. 18; Hindu: Penzer V 67ff., 80ff., 113ff., 117 n. 1; Oceanic (German New Guinea, Banks Is., New Hebrides): Dixon 124f.; N. A. Indian: Thompson Tales 295ff. nn. 81, 84-87, 92, 95, 103, 109f., 109h, 109k, 109y 109bb, 109dd, 270a-270c, 271b, 286.
J1701. J1701. Stupid wife. *Types 1380 – 1404; Hdwb. d. Märchens I 187b nn. 145 – 149; Christensen DF L 35; Irish myth: Cross; Missouri French: Carrière.
J1701.1. J1701.1. Extravagant woman whose husband continually finds fault with her. India: Thompson-Balys.
J1702. J1702. Stupid husband. *Type 1361, 1405-1423; Jewish: Neuman.
J1703. J1703. Town (country) of fools. **Christensen DF XLVII; India: Thompson-Balys.
J1705. J1705. Stupid classes.
J1705.1. J1705.1. Stupid peasant. *Hdwb. d. Märchens I 187b.
J1705.2. J1705.2. Stupid (ignorant) Brahmin. India: Thompson-Balys.
J1705.3. J1705.3. Foolish pundits. India: Thompson-Balys.
J1705.4. J1705.4. Foolish king. Jewish: Neuman.
J1706. J1706. Stupid animals.
J1706.1. J1706.1. Tiger as stupid beast. India: Thompson-Balys.
J1710. J1710. Association with fools.
J1711. J1711. Numskulls go a-travelling. (Cf. J1742.) *BP II 555; **Field Myth of the Pent Cuckoo.
J1711.1. J1711.1. Animals helpless in sea-voyage together. Sheep, duck, and cock in peril The duck swims; the cock flies to the mast. *Type 204; *Fb “and” IV 12.
J1712. J1712. Numskulls quarrel over a greeting. Three men greeted by a stranger. Quarrel as to whom he greeted. “I greeted the biggest fool among you.” A contest is held in which tales are told to decide which is the biggest fool. Wesselski Hodscha Nasreddin I 263 No. 237; Christensen DF L 91; India: *Thompson-Balys; West Indies: Flowers 484.
J1713. J1713. Foolish married couples. (Cf. J1701, J1702.) *Type 1430.
J1713.1. J1713.1. How he knew she was baking cakes. Husband actually knows from observation but wife thinks he has supernatural knowledge and spreads his fame India: Thompson-Balys.
J1714. J1714. Association of wise men with fools. India: Thompson-Balys.
J1714.1. J1714.1. A wise man follows a fool against his better judgment. Both are put to death for their foolishness. *Pauli (ed. Bolte) No. 26; Herbert III 192; Alphabet No. 722; Oesterley No. 67; Scala Celi 75a No. 428; Africa (Vai): Ellis 242.
J1714.2. J1714.2. The wise man and the rain of fools. A wise man is persuaded to taste water which has turned many persons into fools. He also becomes a fool. *Pauli (ed. Bolte) Nos. 34, 54.
J1714.3. J1714.3. When with fools, act foolish. A wise man refuses to join a foolish crowd who stayed out in an unexpected rain after a long drought. He is punished by them for being a fool. *Wesselski Arlotto II 224 No. 91.
J1714.3.1. J1714.3.1. Forty wise men foretell violent rainstorm. Failing to convince people, they go into a cave. After the shower they come out. The people call them fools. Irish myth: Cross.
J1714.4. J1714.4. Author believes that his book must be stupid. Stupid people and gossipers are praising it. Spanish: Childers.
J1714.5. J1714.5. Old man silent in king‘s presence asks king what he himself does when in company with a fool. India: Thompson-Balys.
J1715. J1715. A fool objects to fools as companions. Leaves when placed between two fools at table. Wesselski Bebel I 179 No. 25.
J1717. J1717. Three silly pundits sent to a raja as the two-footed cattle he had demanded. India: Thompson-Balys.
J1730-J1749. Absurd ignorance.
J1730. J1730. Absurd ignorance.
J1730.1. J1730.1. Hero does not learn his name until after first adventure. Irish myth: Cross.
J1731. J1731. The city person ignorant of the farm.
J1731.1. J1731.1. The city girl: Do turnips grow in the ground or on trees? Type 2010*.
J1731.2. J1731.2. Man wants roasted honeycomb. Unwilling to admit that he does not know what a honeycomb is, a stupid man asks the innkeeper’s wife to roast a slice of honeycomb. Spanish: Childers.
J1732. J1732. Ignorance of certain foods.
J1732.1. J1732.1. Fool unacquainted with sausage. He squeezes the inside out and takes the covering for a sack. Type 1316*; cf. Christensen DF XLVII 216 No. 76.
J1732.2. J1732.2. Fool is unacquainted with bananas, throws away the fruit, finds the rest bitter. (Similar for watermelon, plums.) England, Canada, U.S.: *Baughman.
J1732.3. J1732.3. Woman is unacquainted with tea, serves the boiled leaves with butter. Scotland: Baughman.
J1733. J1733. Why the pigs shriek. The sheep does not understand why the pig being carried to slaughter shrieks. Wienert FFC LVI 60 (ET 222), 91 (ST 32); Halm Aesop No. 115.
J1734. J1734. Layman‘s ignorance of medicine.
J1734.1. J1734.1. Urine diagnosis to tell where a man comes from. A farmer takes some of his master’s urine for examination. The doctor asks where the man comes from. “You will soon see,” says the man, expecting the analysis to tell. (Cf. K2321.1.) *Pauli (ed. Bolte) No. 857; Christensen DF L 72; ibid. DF XLVII 202f. Nos. 42, 47.
J1735. J1735. Fool cannot tell his right hand in the dark. *Clouston Noodles 91.
J1735.1. J1735.1. How to tell the right hand in the dark. Numskull keeps the candle at his right side as he goes to bed so that he can do so. Wesselski Hodscha Nasreddin I 235 No. 104.
J1736. J1736. Fools and the unknown animal.
J1736.1. J1736.1. Fools do not know what a crayfish is. Shoot it and build a rampart around it. *Wesselski Bebel II 114 No. 43.
J1736.2. J1736.2. Fools do not know what an owl is and attack it. BP III 286.
J1736.3. J1736.3. Unknown animal: a pig captured in a pit. India: Thompson-Balys.
J1737. J1737. Foolish lover ignorant of mistress‘s flaws.
J1737.1. J1737.1. Foolish lover does not know that his mistress lacks an eye. Only after his return from an absence does he notice it. Pauli (ed. Bolte) No. 407; Italian Novella: Rotunda.
J1738. J1738. Ignorance of religious matters.
J1738.1. J1738.1. Ignorant priest forces rolls of cloth instead of bread down a dying man’s throat. Wesselski Bebel I 222 No. 116.
J1738.2. J1738.2. Living crucifix chosen. Peasants take their old crucifix to an artist for a new one. The artist asks them whether they want a living or dead crucifix. Argument: living God takes less for upkeep and he can be killed later. *Pauli (ed. Bolte) No. 409; Italian Novella: Rotunda.
J1738.3. J1738.3. Numskulls surprised at news that God has a son. Christensen DF XLVII 205 No. 53A; U.S.: Baughman.
J1738.4. J1738.4. Numskulls surprised to hear that God‘s son has died. Christensen DF XLVII 205 No. 53B; U.S.: Baughman.
J1738.5. J1738.5. Standing up for the friendless. Preacher in backwoods asks congregation members who are friends of Jesus to rise. No one rises. “What, are there no friends of Jesus in this house?” A cowboy rises to his feet: “Stranger, I don’t know who this man Jesus is. I never heard of him before, but I‘ll stand up for any man who hasn’t got any more friends than he has.” U.S.: Baughman.
J1738.6. J1738.6. Letting in the light. Backwoods preacher tells couple that they are living in darkness. The woman responds that she has been trying for years to get her husband to cut a window in the house. U.S.: *Baughman.
J1738.7. J1738.7. Ignorant people told religious holiday is coming the next day: camel appears and is feasted. India: Thompson-Balys.
J1738.8. J1738.8. Men hide so that God will not see their sin. Jewish: *Neuman.
J1741. J1741. Priests (schoolmasters) ignorant of Latin.
J1741.1. J1741.1. Evangelium secundum Pergamum. Pergamus, a rival city of Luca, objects to the reading of the Evangelium secundum Lucam, insisting that it be “secundum Pergamum”. *Pauli (ed. Bolte) No. 345.
J1741.2. J1741.2. “Agnus dei” as a prayer for money. An ignorant schoolmaster interprets many of the texts of scripture as commands for the priests to live lives of luxury. Bolte Frey‘s Gartengesellschaft 213 No. 8.
J1741.3. J1741.3. Prearranged answers in Latin not always successful. (Essentially same as X111.9.) Nouvelles Récréations No. 7.
J1741.3.1. J1741.3.1. Stupid scholar memorizes set answers to oral examination in Latin. The questions are not given in the order he expects; comic results. England: Baughman.
J1742. J1742. The countryman in the great world.
J1742.1. J1742.1. Countryman expects to find persons from his own village when he travels to another land. *Wesselski Bebel II 139 No. 122.
J1742.2. J1742.2. His address: a big high house. Mayor asked about where he lives, names his village and directs the enquirer to a big high house. Wesselski Bebel I 182 No. 31.
J1742.3. J1742.3. Peasants in city inn order whole portion of mustard. Livonian: Loorits FFC LXVI No. 1316*.
J1742.3.1. J1742.3.1. Countryman visiting rich relative in the city refuses to eat dessert: “No, I am not hungry.” India: Thompson-Balys.
J1742.4. J1742.4. Peasant surprised that king is not larger than other men. Nouvelles Récréations No. 70.
J1742.5. J1742.5. Countryman misunderstands comforts of city. Thinks latrine is kitchen, refuses to take a walk because he fears high houses will fall upon him, etc. India: Thompson-Balys.
J1742.5.1. J1742.5.1. Boy who has never seen a real carpet, hops around the side of the room to avoid stepping on the cloth on the floor. U.S.: Baughman.
J1743. J1743. Ignorance of dates.
J1743.1. J1743.1. All sins since the birth of Christ. A stupid man at confession says, “I confess myself guilty of all sins that I have committed since Christ’s birth.” “Are you so old?” “Yes, and I have a brother who is three years older than I.” Wesselski Bebel II 106 No. 17; *Pauli (ed. Bolte) No. 295.
J1743.2. J1743.2. Family do not realize that Lent has arrived until it is Palm Sunday. Then they explain that Lent will be short because it has been a short winter. Cent Nouvelles Nouvelles No. 89; Italian Novella: *Rotunda.
J1743.3. J1743.3. Wash Bee Day. Woman misinterprets calendar notation “February 22, Wash. B‘day.” Washes their bee-hives. North Carolina: Brown Collection I 697.
J1744. J1744. Ignorance of marriage relations. Cheremis: Sebeok-Nyerges.
J1744.1. J1744.1. Bridegroom does not know what to do on his wedding night. India: Thompson-Balys.
J1744.1.1. J1744.1.1. Bridegroom gets into bed. The numskull groom on his wedding night does not know how to get to the bed, the curtains being drawn. He scales one of the posts, clambers to the canopy, falls upon his bride below, who screams for help. India: Thompson-Balys.
J1745. J1745. Absurd ignorance of sex.
J1745.1. J1745.1. Fool cannot tell sex of nudes, since they have no clothes on. U.S.: Baughman.
J1745.2. J1745.2. Foolish girl ignorant of what is happening at her first menses. India: Thompson-Balys.
J1746. J1746. Ignorance of reading.
J1746.1. J1746.1. Fool weeps each time he reads a book to see how small letters have become: at school they were big and fat. India: Thompson-Balys.
J1747. J1747. The archbishop‘s wife and family. Fool asks what he is to talk about when guests arrive. Is told: “Their wives and family.” He asks the archbishop about his family. (Cf. J2461.2.) Italian Novella: *Rotunda.
J1748. J1748. Absurd ignorance of the use of spectacles. Christensen DF XLVII 226 No. 89.
J1749. J1749. Absurd ignorance – miscellaneous.
J1749.1. J1749.1. Fool thinks that “aforesaid” is a title of honor. Italian Novella: Rotunda.
J1749.2. J1749.2. Ignorant notary cannot draw up document. The names of the participants are not the same as those in his sample form. Italian Novella: Rotunda.

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