... Indies.' They all tried, and no one succeeded in making it stand up. When the egg came round to the hands of Columbus, by beating it down on the table he fixed it, having thus crushed a little of one end; wherefore all remained confused, understanding... History of the New World - Page 17by Girolamo Benzoni (Seefahrer, Italien) - 1857 - 280 pagesFull view
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Nancy Dew Taylor, William Faulkner - Literary Criticism - 1994 - 268 pages
...wherefore all remained confused, understanding what he meant: that after the deed is done, everybody knows how to do it; that they ought first to have...the Indies, and not laugh at him who had sought for them first. (361) Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable states the message more bluntly: ". . . others...