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Fool’s Paradise

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Unlawful pleasure, illicit love, vain hopes. Thus, in Romeo and Juliet, the Nurse says to Romeo, “If ye should lead her [Juliet] into a fool’s paradise, it were a gross … . behaviour.” The old schoolmen said there were three places where persons not good enough for paradise were admitted: (1) The limbus patrum, for those good men who had died before the death of the Redeemer; (2) The limbus infantum or paradise of unbaptised infants; and (3) The limbus fatuoʹrum or paradise of idiots and others who were non compos mentis. (See Limbo.)

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Food
Food for Powder
Foods and Wines
Fool
Fool [a food]
Fool Thinks
Fool in his Sleeve
Fool or Physician at Forty
Fools
Fool’s Bolt
Fool’s Paradise
Foolscap
Foot
Foot-breadth
Foot-lights
Foot Monsters
Foot-notes
Foot-pound
Foot of a Page
Footing
Footman’s Wand (A)