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Carabas

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!

Béranger, 1816.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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