A Seventeenth-Century Exposure of Superstition: Select Texts by P.J.S. Whitmore

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Ii. The 'f' has been replaced by's'. iii. Oct' is has been replaced by 'ct'. The following corrections apply only to the Descouverture des faux 46 102. 47 48 49 L. Thorndyke, History of Magic and experimental science, Vol. VIII, New York, See p. 112. Whitmore Minims, op. , pp. 73/4 and 215 n. See p. 227, where Samuel is used in preference to 1. Rois. 1958, p. 50 11. 'pi", 'to" and the rarer 'no" have been given the full forms 'plus', 'tous', 'nous'. A few missing or inverted letters have been corrected; in two instances only has the punctuation been altered.

1958, p. 50 11. 'pi", 'to" and the rarer 'no" have been given the full forms 'plus', 'tous', 'nous'. A few missing or inverted letters have been corrected; in two instances only has the punctuation been altered. 1. The following generalisations will serve as a guide to Pithoys' language. Capitals and punctuation Wide use is made of capitals: common nouns such as Docteur, Genethliaque, Theologie are habitually given a capital. Capitals are often used after a colon. All numerals used in the text are followed by a full-stop.

26 An interesting reference to the feigning of passion on the stage. The argument was to have important repercussions in the seventeenth century and even with Rousseau in the Lettre a Monsieur d' Alembert. 27 This procedure was discussed between Pithoys and the Bishop: p. 58 [34] N° g. 28 Pithoys hesitates between de quoy, dequoy and dont. For the hesitation between the forms of this relative see Vaugelas, Remarques, Amsterdam, 1665, p. 18g. DES FAVX POSSEDEZ 13 Quant au cinquiesme signe qui consiste en la reuelation des secrets, ie respond premierement q'vne personne voulant feindre & simuler la possedee vsera de toutes inuentions pour apprendre des nouuelles de toutes parts, & qu'ayant tant soit peu d'intelligence avec quelques personnes domestiques ou autres dont l'on ne se donne garde, elle pourra s~auoir mille nouvelles & si finement que venant a les declarer durant la conjuration, les plus faciles a admirer s'en estonneront, & iront publier par tout des miracles de reuelation.

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