Father of Folly (Abu Jahl), an aged chief, who led a hundred
horse and seven hundred camels against Mahomet and fell at the battle
of Bedr. His own people called him Father of Wisdom (Abu' Lhoem
A fantastic or foolishly extravagant country seat, built for
amusement or vainglory. (French, folie.
“We have in this country a word (namely, Folly) which has a technical
appropriation to the case of fantastic buildings.” mdash;De Quincey:
Essays on the Poets (Keats, p. 90).
A large and beautiful house in Bishopsgate, with pleasure-gardens,
bowling-green, and hot-houses, built by Jasper Fisher, one of the six
clerks of Chancery and a Justice of the Peace. Queen Elizabeth lodged
Kirby's castle, and Fisher's folly,
Spinola's pleasure, and Megse's glory.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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