Posted by Bob on November 14, 1999
In Reply to: Curious posted by rob on November 14, 1999
: I'd like to someone to explain in detail the phrase 'still waters
Quoting from Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable:
Silent and quiet conspirators or traitors are most dangerous; barking dogs never bite; the fox barks not when he would steal the lamb.
"Smooth runs the water where the brook is deep:
And in his simple show he harbours treason.
The fox barks not when he would steal the lamb;
No, no, my sovereign, Gloucester is a man
Unsounded yet, and full of deep deceit."
Shakespeare: 2 Henry VI., III. f.