Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
Epigram at Brownhill Inn
by Robert Burns
AT 1 Brownhill we always get dainty good cheer,
And plenty of bacon each day in the year;
We’ve a’ thing that’s nice, and mostly in season,
But why always Bacon—come, tell me a reason?
Note Bacon was the name of a presumably intrusive host. The lines are said to have “afforded much amusement.”—Lang. [back]