A simpleton, a fool.--Sir James Murray's New English Dictionary, 1908
Birthday of Sir William Cecil, Lord Burghley (1520-1598),
who, in his "Precepts and Directions for the Well Advice of a Man's Life," conveyed to his son the art of selecting a wife: "Use great providence and inspection in choosing thy wife. For from thence shall spring all thy fortune -- good or evil. And it is an action of life like unto a strategem of war, wherein a man can err but once. If they estate be good, match near home and at leisure; if weak, far off and quickly. Inquire diligently of her disposition, and how her parents have been inclined in their youth. Let her not be poor, how generous soever, for a man can buy nothing in the market with gentility. Nor choose a base and uncomely creature altogether for wealth, for it will cause contempt in others and loathing in thee. Neither make choice of a dwarf or a fool, for by one thou shalt beget a race of pygmies. The other will be thy continual disgrace, and it will irk thee to hear her talk."
...and he wondered why his daughter-in-law never wrote to him.