Folly's long indictment of the theologians lies at the very heart of the Praise of Folly and of Erasmus's evangelical humanism. The ironic mask has gradually been lowered through the succession of followers from grammarians to philosophers until Folly, in this paragraph, attacks her own followers in something very like the voice of Erasmus. The form becomes freer. Bantering irony gives way more often to withering sarcasm at first and then to total seriousness in the praise of evangelical folly. Although the ironic mask is frequently resumed, it is no longer consistently worn until in the last paragraphs of all Folly grasps for it hastily and admits that she has forgotten who she is.
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