"What thine hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might, for none of us knows what a day may bring forth"

Ecclesiastes 9:10: “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.” Though Robert’s fears that his friend’s sayings are neither genuine nor orthodox are misplaced, the interpretation which Gil-Martin places on them is a deliberate corruption. The fact that he tells the truth and deceives simultaneously allies him with the folkloric trickster archetype suggested by his name (see note for p. 136, below).