He is a Marquis of Carabas. A fossil nobleman, of unbounded pretensions and vanity, who would fain restore the slavish foolery of the reign of Louis XIV.; one with Fortunatus's purse, which was never empty. The character is taken from Perrault's tale of Puss in Boots.
Prêtres que nous vengeons Levez la drine et partageons; Et toi, peuple animal, Porte encor le bât feodal. ... Chapeau bas! Chapeau bas! Gloire au marquis de Carabas!
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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