Gullibility


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Gullibility

See also Dupery.
Big Claus
foolishly falls for Little Claus’s falsified get-rich-quick schemes. [Dan. Lit.: Andersen’s Fairy Tales]
Emperor
orders a new outfit from weavers who claim it will be invisible to anyone unworthy of his position. [Dan. Lit.: Andersen “The Emperor’s New Clothes” in Andersen’s Fairy Tales]
Georgette
Mary Richards’ coworker and Ted Baxter’s wife; epitomizes gullibility. [TV: “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” in Terrace, II, 70]
Oswald
believes Edmund’s false charges against Edgar. [Br. Lit.: King Lear]
Othello
“thinks men honest that but seem to be so.” [Br. Lit.: Othello]
Peachum, Polly
among others, believes she is Macheath’s wife. [Br. Opera: The Beggar’s Opera]
Quixote, Don
completely taken in by all the tales and plans of his squire and others who humor his delusions. [Span. Lit.: Cervantes Don Quixote]
Simple Simon
credulous booby. [Nurs. Rhyme: Opie, 387]
Tenderfoot
told that cowpunching is a cinch, is badly hurt when he tries it and is tossed. [Am. Balladry: “The Tenderfoot”]
Urfe, Nicholas
trusts in the specious sincerity of the actors in Conchis’s psychological experiments on him. [Br. Lit.: John Fowles The Magus in Weiss, 279]
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