This is a quote from "The Tempest" by Stephano:

He's in his fit now and does not talk after the wisest.

What does "after the wisest" mean in this context? According to most of the sources of translation, the sentence means

He’s having a fit, and saying things that don't make sense.

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This use of after is Merriam-Webster's definition 3c :

"in the characteristic manner of" or "in imitation of"

So the meaning of your quote would be

"He's in the middle of a fit (some kind of seizure or mental health crisis) now and does not talk in the wisest manner."

Sort of a polite understatement for, "He's talking crazy."


After here means according to, or following the manner of.

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