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 Quidnunc.Qui’etist (A). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Monkey politicians. Gay has a fable called The Quidnunkis, to show that the death not even of the duke regent will cause any real gap in nature. A monkey who had ventured higher than his neighbours fell from his estate into the river below. For a few seconds the whole tribe stood panicstruck, but as soon as the stream carried off Master Pug, the monkeys went on with their gambols as if nothing had occurred.   1
“Ah, sir! you never saw the Ganges;
There dwell the nation of Quidnunkis
(So Monomotapa calls monkeys).”
Gay: Tales.

 Quidnunc.Qui’etist (A). 


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