To converse with Scandal is to play at Losing Loadum, you must lose a good name to him, before you can win it for yourself. CongreveLove for Love. Act I. Sc. 2. (Losing Loadum an old game which one plays to lose tricks.)
And theres a lust in man no charm can tame Of loudly publishing our neighbours shame; On eagles wings immortal scandals fly, While virtuous actions are but borne to die. JuvenalSatires. IX. Harveys trans.
Conscia mens recti famæ mendacia risit: Sed nos in vitium credula turba sumus. The mind conscious of innocence despises false reports: but we are a set always ready to believe a scandal. OvidFasti. IV. 311.