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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]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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On a serious note, I actually watched an item on the television news recently where a TV reporter actually interviewed shoppers to find out just how gullible people are.
Companies or institutions running unregulated schemes exploit existing regulatory gaps and lack of strict administrative measures to dupe poor and gullible people of their hard-earned savings.
Now that so many of our industries have been closed down, we may not be so gullible.
The vast multitudes thronging the Sabarimala area, who would be reverentially waiting for the 'divine light' to appear, would run into a frenzy to catch a glimpse of the flickering flame, believed to be the appearance of the deity, leading to stampedes that have caused the deaths of many gullible pilgrims.
I think his desire to replace the ruling class has been exhaustively exploited by the Chaudries and company and he is now up to play the same drama in Islamabad which he did while perfectly hiding himself in the container and leaving his gullible followers to die in the chilling cold of that hard winter of the Capital.
This does not make him insensitive with public clamor because it only shows that we have a president who is not gullible. He is careful but firm in his decisions and for that, he should even be praised not criticized.
More recently he says we have Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth exploiting the gullible to become their foot soldiers, to fight for their extreme left-wing ideology under their green banner.
I am not so gullible, however, as to think that this can be achieved without becoming smarter in the way we manage supply and demand or without higher energy costs.
f F un at tha Gullible Chris now wants a 'divorce'.
The 29-year-old claimed that Orr was the most gullible footballer he had ever met and even tweeted Ricky Gervais, 50, to recommend he goes on TV's An Idiot Abroad.
Molire penned his original work in verse, and McGough's reworked rhymes and rhythms turn out to be as wily as the titular Tartuffe, a cod-pious chancer who tricks his way into the household and affections of the gullible merchant Orgon.
In the final chapter of the book, Oakley writes, "This book isn't really about gullible Carol.