A Babe in the Woods

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Babe in the Woods, Google images

 

  • Meaning:

 

A babe in the woods is a naive, inexperienced, trusting person at the mercy of dangerous people around. It’s like a sheep around wolves.

 

  • Origin:

 

In the story, “The Children in the Wood” that was published in 1595, there was a greedy cruel uncle who wanted to steal the fortune of his niece and nephew whom he was supposed to take care of. Instead, he paid two men to kill them. These felt pity for the boys and let them go into the woods (forest). In the end, the boys could not make it out of the woods and died. The boys represent innocent, inexeperienced people and the woods a dangerous place to be at.

 

  • Example:
I went to buy a second-hand car by myself at a ghetto. When I was there, I was surrounded by a gang who hit me and took my money away. I knew I shouldn’t have gone alone to that dangerous place but I was stubborn and insisted trying to feel myself like a real man but  I was just a babe in the woods.

Babe in the woods, Google Images

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