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Quidnunkis

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Monkey politicians. Gay has a fable called The Quidnunkis, to show that the death not even of the duke regent will cause any real gap in nature. A monkey who had ventured higher than his neighbours fell from his estate into the river below. For a few seconds the whole tribe stood panicstruck, but as soon as the stream carried off Master Pug, the monkeys went on with their gambols as if nothing had occurred.

“Ah, sir! you never saw the Ganges;

There dwell the nation of Quidnunkis

(So Monomotapa calls monkeys).”


Gay: Tales.

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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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Quid
Half a Quid
Quids
Quid Libet
Quid of Tobacco
Quid pro Quo
Quid Rides
Quiddity
Quidnunc
Quidnunkis
Quietist (A)
Quietus
Quill-drivers
Quillet
Quilp
Quinapalus
Quinbus Flestrin
Quince (Peter)
Quinones (Suero de)
Quinquagesima Sunday (Latin, fiftieth)