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"A man, whose wife had drowned in a stream, went up the river against the current to look for the body. A peasant who saw him marvelled greatly at this, and advised him to follow the flow of the current. "In that case", returned the first, "I should never find her, for when she was alive she was always difficult and contrary and went against the ways of others, so I am sure now that she is dead, she will go against the current of the stream." --"The drowned woman and her husband"

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  1. archaic An act performed for amusement; a joke.
    I shall not succumb to your jests!
  2. obsolete Someone or something that is ridiculed; the target of a joke.
    Your majesty, stop him before he makes you the jest of the court.


From Middle English geste (“idle tale”), from Old French geste (“acts, exploits”), from Latin gesta (“acts, deeds”)

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