Someone saw a fox at his hen house door and said, You won't find any hens there. We've gone out of the hen business. There's no living in hens. Look a here, stranger, said the fox, what you say may be true but do you know it is a damn dangerous doctrine you're spreading. If everybody came to believe that I don't know what should become of foxes. And foxes aren't the only ones said the stranger. 'No theres hawks too.' And the people that sell poultry appliances said the stranger with the bitterness of experience.
-- Robert Frost, personal notebook circa 1903, p. 14, verso (Quoted in Faggen, R. (ed.) The Notebooks of Robert Frost (2006), page 26)