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 Jonah and the Whale.Jonathan. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Jo’nas,
 
in Dryden’s satire of Absalom and Achitophel, is meant for Sir William Jones, Attorney-General, who conducted the prosecution of the Popish Plot (June 25th, 1674); not the great Oriental scholar, who lived 1746–1794. The attorney-general was called in the satire Jonas by a palpable pun.   1
       
“Not bull-faced Jonas, who could statutes draw
To mean rebellion and make treason law.”
       
Dryden: Absalom and Achitophel, part i. 520, 521.
 


 Jonah and the Whale.Jonathan. 

 
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