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Group No. 241


Letter

X. Humor

Group No.

X500 – X599

Group name

Humor concerning other social classes

Description

X500. Humor concerning other social classes.
 
X510. Jokes concerning usurers.
 
X511. Barber alone praises usurer. Custom not to bury dead until someone has something good to say about him. No one will praise a dead usurer until a barber is willing to say that he had a good beard. *Pauli (ed. Bolte) No. 195; Wesselski MСnchslatein 122 No. 105.
 
X512. Usurers do not reply. The parson asks the various trades and professions to rise one by one for a special blessing. When he calls for the usurers none reply. Pauli (ed. Bolte) Nos. 193, 194; Crane Vitry 207 No. 179; Scala Celi 168b No. 959; Alphabet No. 792.
 
X513. Devil will not carry usurers to hell but will drag them by the legs. So declares a youth paid by a usurer to protest against the priest's remarks that the devil would carry all usurers off. Pauli (ed. Bolte) No. 191; cf. Spanish: Espinosa Jr. No. 213.
 
X514. Only usurers can carry the corpse of the usurer. It refuses to be moved by anyone else. (Cf. X521.) Pauli (ed. Bolte) No. 190; Irish: Beal XXI 326, cf. O'Suilleabhain 74.
 
X516. Usurer encourages sermons against usury, so that his competitors will cease activity. Pauli (ed. Bolte) No. 192; Italian Novella: *Rotunda.
 
X520. Jokes concerning prostitutes.
 
X521. Only prostitutes can carry the corpse of a prostitute. (Cf. X514.) Pauli (ed. Bolte) No. 405.
 
X530. Jokes concerning beggars.
 
X531. Begging cripples hurry away from shrine lest they be healed and lose their livelihood. Wesselski MСnchslatein 183 No. 141.
 
X540. Jokes on madmen. Irish myth: Cross.
 
X541. Cohabitation between lunatics brought about for sport. Irish myth: Cross.
 
X550. Jokes on secret societies.
 
X551. Jokes on freemasons. *Fb frimurer I 371b; *Hdwb. d. Abergl. III 23ff.
 
X583. Jokes about travelers. U.S.: *Baughman.
 
X584. Jokes about hunters.
 
X584.1. Man chased by bear to camp claims that he brought it in thus since he did not want to carry it. (Cf. K1741.) U.S.: *Baughman.

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