As if one said to a man, " Yes, go on, you can do it," knowing well that he cannot. To egg him on.
The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), Saturday 25 March 1933
The lizard, when it feels cold at night, says to itself " to-morrow I will find a smouldering tree to sleep in so that I shall be warm." Next day when it basks in the sun it forgets and does not do it ; the consequence is that it feels cold again next night.