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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 ?
Thornbury agreed with him that they had been very careless, and that there was no reason whatever to think that she had caught the fever on the expedition; and after talking about other things for a short time, she left him and went sadly along the passage to her own room.
I not only 'gently reminded' her, I tried to impress upon her how wrong it was, and how distressing to the ears of decent people: but all in vain: I was only answered by a careless laugh, and, 'Oh, Miss Grey, how shocked you are
While receiving my instructions, or repeating what they had learned, they would lounge upon the sofa, lie on the rug, stretch, yawn, talk to each other, or look out of the window; whereas, I could not so much as stir the fire, or pick up the handkerchief I had dropped, without being rebuked for inattention by one of my pupils, or told that 'mamma would not like me to be so careless.
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.
And this, despite the fact that Scraps out-bullied him and out-scaled him at least three times, and was as careless and unwitting of the weight of his legs or shoulders as a baby elephant on a lawn of daisies.
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.
Surely it is no great feat to assume that a man who treats a fifty-guinea watch so cavalierly must be a careless man.
The new penalty for careless driving ranges from pounds 80 to pounds 100 and can be issued on-the-spot by police.
But she was fined pounds 250 and disqualified from driving for two years after the jury convicted her of careless driving in failing to see the motorcycle before pulling out of the junction.
Norman Thubron, 65, admitted careless driving on Friday when he appeared at Hamilton Sheriff Court.
THE parents of a pregnant 19-year-old from Warwickshire who was killed in a crash on the M6 are to launch a campaign for tougher penalties for careless drivers.