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What does this mean," The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief" Help Please?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    If someone who has been robbed can smile about it, the thief doesn't get as much satisfaction. You could also apply that to other situations: The person who doesn't get upset when someone acts bad takes some of the satisfaction from the person acting bad. Or, if the mother ignores the child having a tantrum, the child will eventually stop because they aren't getting any attention. Or, the big sister annoying the little brother will not be as eager to keep annoying him if he doesn't let it bother him.

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  • 1 decade ago

    "The robbed" = the victim of a robbery. A thief who steals expects his victims to feel violated, because he thinks he is taking something of value away from the victim (the robbed). But if "the robbed smiles", then the thief may question the value of what he stole, and therefore ironically he may feel a bit "cheated" having stolen something that may not have been that valuable after all.

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  • 4 years ago

    Smiles Means

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  • 6 years ago

    "The robbed that smiles steals something from the thief;

    He robs himself that spends a bootless grief." Shakespeare, Othello.

    If you are robbed of a material item, and can smile, then the thief has not stole your spirit - you steal a little back from the thief, you will not allow a thief to steal your happiness.

    A 'bootless grief' means that one laments over nothing. In addition to losing the material item the robbed has lost his composure, spirit, and happiness - in effect the thief steals twice.

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  • 1 decade ago

    literally: if you are robbed, and you look that robber in the eye and smile, then you have robbed from him.

    what it really means: it's about taking the 'higher ground', and not letting those that seek to harm you physically harm you mentally as well. when you control the state of your mind you ultimately hold all the power, and nothing can truly be taken away from you.

    also note: the word "robbed" is being used as a rhetorical device. take it to mean "harmed/one who harms" and it will make more sense.

    Source(s): an incredible understanding on the english language.
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  • 1 decade ago

    Frequently people do harm to others because they enjoy seeing the ruin that they have caused. It makes them feel powerful. When the recipient does not behave as if they have been victimized, they then keep the power.

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  • Mamie
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    1 decade ago

    A robber intends to do harm. If a person who is robbed smiles, then the robber does not accomplish his aim and the robber has been stolen from.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I think it means that if you smile when something bad happens you let them know that it didn't face you at all and then they will be in doubt.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Mamie took the words right out of my mouth.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Kill 'em with kindness, stole his conscious, now he fells guilty.

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