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"Letting 'I dare not' wait upon 'I would', sir."
"That's right. But how about the cats?"
"Like the poor cat i' the adage, sir."
"Exactly. It beats me how you think up these things. And Gussie, you say,
is in the same posish?"
Don’t, as Macbeth’s wife accused her husband of doing, let “I dare not?” wait upon “I would”, like the poor cat in the adage that wanted to eat fish but hesitated to go into the water because it would get its feet wet! = Don’t let timidity prevent you from being the man you want to be.
'Posish' = position, situation.
(from Macbeth Act I sc vii:
Was the hope drunk
Wherein you dress'd yourself? hath it slept since?
And wakes it now, to look so green and pale
At what it did so freely? From this time
Such I account thy love. Art thou afeard
To be the same in thine own act and valour
As thou art in desire? Wouldst thou have that
Which thou esteem'st the ornament of life,
And live a coward in thine own esteem,
Letting 'I dare not' wait upon 'I would,'
Like the poor cat i' the adage?
I dare do all that may become a man;
Who dares do more is none.)
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