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Carelessness

Grasshopper
sings through summer, overlooking winter preparations. [Gk. Lit.: Aesop’s Fables, “Ant and the Grasshopper”]
Little Bo-peep
lost her sheep; found them tailless. [Nurs. Rhyme: Baring-Gould, 93]
Little Boy Blue
sleeps while the sheep’s in the corn. [Nurs. Rhyme: Baring Gould, 46]
Locket, Lucy
misplaced her pocket. [Nurs. Rhyme: Mother Goose, 23]
Prism, Miss
nursemaid who misplaces manuscript and infant in railroad station. [Br. Lit.: Importance of Being Earnest]
Theseus
neglects to hoist the sail to signal his safety to his father Aegeus, who despairingly throws himself into the sea. [Gk. Myth.: Brewer Dictionary, 12]
References in classic literature ?
And Michael, who with a single careless paw-stroke could have broken Cocky's slender neck and put out for ever the brave brightness of Cocky's eyes, was careful of him from the first.
The next morning, at break of day, he borrowed a gun, and was off among the hills, nor was anything more seen of him until a few minutes after the party had encamped for the evening, when he again made his appearance, in his usual frank, careless manner, and threw down the carcass of another noble deer, which he had borne on his back for a considerable distance.
By the bye," said I, trying to take Captain Nemo's careless tone, "are you afraid of sharks, brave Ned?
And now Spring beckons me with verdant hand, And Nature's wealth of eloquence doth win Forth to the fragrant-bowered nectarine, Where my dear friends abide, a careless band.
He longed to kiss his father's hands and kneel to beg his forgiveness, but said, in a careless and even rude voice, that it happens to everyone!
Surely it is no great feat to assume that a man who treats a fifty-guinea watch so cavalierly must be a careless man.
Careless to conceal the unfavorable impression that she had produced on him, Alban answered roughly, "Straight on," and tried to pass her.
I've been knocking about the world for years, and have got careless, but I want my girl to be what I call well-educated, even if she studies nothing but the three 'Rs' for a year to come.
We must get rid of Mandelet; he is getting too old and careless.
Lord George was young and would take no warning; he was a hard rider, and would hunt whenever he could get the chance, quite careless of his horse.
No," said Godfrey, with a keen decisiveness of tone, in contrast with his usually careless and unemphatic speech--"there's debts we can't pay like money debts, by paying extra for the years that have slipped by.
I imagine that a pickpocket, proud of his light fingers, must feel a sort of indignation with the careless woman who leaves in a cab a vanity-bag with all her jewels in it.