Fabian: Fabian: 1.
a. Of or relating to the caution and avoidance of direct confrontation typical of the Roman general Quintus Fabius Maximus, who defeated Hannibal by avoiding direct conflict.
b. Cautious or dilatory, as in taking action.
2. Of, relating to, or being a member of the Fabian Society, which was committed to gradual rather than revolutionary means for spreading socialist principles. American Heritage Dictionary
Whenever the literary German dives into ... Whenever the literary German dives into a sentence, that is the last
you are going to see of him until he emerges on the other side of his
Atlantic with his verb in his mouth. Mark Twain A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court