The asp doth on his feeder feed.
Mrs. Troyle paused again, with the self-applauding air of one who has detected an asp lurking in an apple-charlotte.saki
From mighty wrongs to petty perfidy Have I not seen what human things could do? From the loud roar of foaming calumny 180 To the small whisper of the asp paltry few, And subtler venom of the reptile crew, The Janus glance of whose significant eye, Learning to lie with silence, would seem true, And without utterance, save the shrug or sigh, Deal round to happy fools its speechless obloquy.Rochdale
My dear Kepler, what would you say of the learned here, who, replete with the pertinacity of the asp, have steadfastly refused to cast a glance through the telescope? What shall we make of this? Shall we laugh, or shall we cry?Galileo Galilei