Law is like a country dance: people are led up and down in it till they are tired. Law is like a book of surgery - there are a great many terrible cases in. It is also like physics - they who take least of it are best off. Law is like a homely gentlewomen: very well to follow. Law is like a scolding wife - very bad when it follows us. Law is like a new fashion - people are bewitched to get into it. It is also like bad weather - most people are glad when they get out of it.
Anon., quoted in Law and Laughter (Morton & Malloch, 1913)