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Defoe knew a thing or two.

PostPosted: Sat Oct 18, 2008 3:08 pm
by Bowker's cat
Some in clandestine companies combine,
Erect new stocks to trade beyond the line;
With air and empty names beguile the town,
And raise new credits first, then cry ’em done:
Divide the empty nothing into shares,
To set the town together by the ears.
The sham projectors and the brokers join,
And both the cully merchant undermine;
First he must be drawn in and then betrayed,
And they demolish the machine they made:
So conjuring chymists, with their charm and spell,
Some wondrous liquid wondrously exhale;
But when the gaping mob their money pay,
The cheat’s dissolved, the vapour flies away.


Daniel Defoe 1702

Cool erh? :chin:

Defoe knew a thing or two.

PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2008 11:46 am
by Stanley Tweedle
A very smart chap.
Wonder why I didn't read this in school. :chin:

Defoe knew a thing or two.

PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2008 12:19 pm
by Whirliegig
I meant to reply to this ages ago -

Defoe is such an interesting character. He was a secret agent, sent by the English to Edinburgh to work on behalf of the proposed Treaty of Union.

He was a master of spin, deception, imagination....and economics.

The secret agent
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2008/mar/08/fiction.danieldefoe

Defoe knew a thing or two.

PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2008 12:36 pm
by Stanley Tweedle
I know almost nothing about literature so I didn't recognise Defoe's name but after reading the Guardian article Whirlie, he turns out to be a very interesting character, more so for me because I didn't know he wrote Robinson Crusoe or Gullivers Travels. Never read them, must make time to though.
This looks like a good read too.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_tour_thro%27_the_Whole_Island_of_Great_Britain

Defoe knew a thing or two.

PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2008 4:48 pm
by Dolls
i Used to work in Old Street in the City of London ,the road that my building is on is called Bunhill Row,there is a very,very old cemetary called Bunhill Fields. DD and John Bunyan are both buried there, it is a beautiful place very peaceful and very interesting with some lovely old crypts/family vaults.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bunhill_Fields

Defoe knew a thing or two.

PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2008 9:01 pm
by Bowker's cat
Dolls wrote:i Used to work in Old Street in the City of London ,the road that my building is on is called Bunhill Row,there is a very,very old cemetary called Bunhill Fields. DD and John Bunyan are both buried there, it is a beautiful place very peaceful and very interesting with some lovely old crypts/family vaults.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bunhill_Fields



Walked past that on a number of occasions. I'll have to take some time out with a camera next time. George Fox of Quaker fame is also in there.