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 Parole (French).Parr. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Parol’les (3 syl.).
 
A man of vain words, who dubs himself “captain,” pretends to knowledge which he has not, and to sentiments he never feels. (French, paroles, a creature of empty words.) (Shakespeare: All’s Well that Ends Well.)   1
       
“I know him a notorious liar,
Think him a great way fool, solely a coward;
Yet these fixed evils sit so fit on him
That they take place … .”
       
Act i. 1.
   He was a mere Parolles in a pedagogue’s wig. A pretender, a man of words, and a pedant. The allusion is to the bragging, faithless, slandering villain mentioned above.   2
       
“Rust, sword; cool, blushes; and, Parolles, live
Safest in shame; being fooled, by fooling thrive;
There’s place and means for every man alive.”
       
Shakespeare: All’s Well that Ends Well, iv. 3.
 


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