There was a certain nobleman who kept a fool, to whom he one day gave a staff, with a charge to keep it till he should meet with one who was a greater fool than himself: not many years after, the nobleman fell sick, even unto death. The fool came to see him; his sick lord said to him, "I must shortly leave you."
"And whither are you going?" said the fool.
"Into another world," replied his lordship.
"And when will you return? within a month?"
"Within a year?"
"Never?" said the fool. "And what provision hast thou made for thy entertainment there, whither thou goest?"
"None at all."
"No!" said the fool, "none at all! Here, then, take my staff; for with all my folly, I am not guilty of any folly such as this."