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    I Like this quote I dislike this quoteHALF, n. One of two equal parts into which a thing may be divided, or considered as divided. In the fourteenth century a heated discussion arose among theologists and philosophers as to whether Omniscience could part an object into three halves; and the pious Father Aldrovinus publicly prayed in the cathedral at Rouen that God would demonstrate the affirmative of the proposition in some signal and unmistakable way, and particularly (if it should please Him) upon the body of that hardy blasphemer, Manutius Procinus, who maintained the negative. Procinus, however, was spared to die of the bite of a viper.

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quoteGHOUL, n. A demon addicted to the reprehensible habit of devouring the dead. The existence of ghouls has been disputed by that class of controversialists who are more concerned to deprive the world of comforting beliefs than to give it anything good in their place. In

1640 Father Secchi saw one in a cemetery near Florence and frightened it away with the sign of the cross. He describes it as gifted with many heads an an uncommon allowance of limbs, and he saw it in more than one place at a time. The good man was coming away from dinner at the time and explains that if he had not been "heavy with eating" he would have seized the demon at all hazards. Atholston relates that a ghoul was caught by some sturdy peasants in a churchyard at Sudbury and ducked in a horsepond. (He appears to think that so distinguished a criminal should have been ducked in a tank of rosewater.) The water turned at once to blood "and so contynues unto ys daye." The pond has since been bled with a ditch. As late as the beginning of the fourteenth century a ghoul was cornered in the crypt of the cathedral at Amiens and the whole population surrounded the place. Twenty armed men with a priest at their head, bearing a crucifix, entered and captured the ghoul, which, thinking to escape by the stratagem, had transformed itself to the semblance of a well known citizen, but was nevertheless hanged, drawn and quartered in the midst of hideous popular orgies. The citizen whose shape the demon had assumed was so affected by the sinister occurrence that he never again showed himself in Amiens and his fate remains a mystery.

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quoteFAIRY, n. A creature, variously fashioned and endowed, that formerly inhabited the meadows and forests. It was nocturnal in its habits, and somewhat addicted to dancing and the theft of children. The fairies are now believed by naturalist to be extinct, though a clergyman of the Church of England saw three near Colchester as lately as 1855, while passing through a park after dining with the lord of the manor. The sight greatly staggered him, and he was so affected that his account of it was incoherent. In the year 1807 a troop of fairies visited a wood near Aix and carried off the daughter of a peasant, who had been seen to enter it with a bundle of clothing. The son of a wealthy _bourgeois_ disappeared about the same time, but afterward returned. He had seen the abduction been in pursuit of the fairies. Justinian Gaux, a writer of the fourteenth century, avers that so great is the fairies' power of transformation that he saw one change itself into two opposing armies and fight a battle with great slaughter, and that the next day, after it had resumed its original shape and gone away, there were seven hundred bodies of the slain which the villagers had to bury. He does not say if any of the wounded recovered. In the time of Henry III, of England, a law was made which prescribed the death penalty for "Kyllynge, wowndynge, or mamynge" a fairy, and it was universally respected.

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quoteNow the first lot came forth for Asaph to Joseph: the second to Gedaliah, who with his brethren and sons were twelve: / The third to Zaccur, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve: / The fourth to Izri, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve: / The fifth to Nethaniah, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve: / The sixth to Bukkiah, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve: / The seventh to Jesharelah, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve: / The eighth to Jeshaiah, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve: / The ninth to Mattaniah, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve: / The tenth to Shimei, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve: / The eleventh to Azareel, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve: / The twelfth to Hashabiah, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve: / The thirteenth to Shubael, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve: / The fourteenth to Mattithiah, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve: / The fifteenth to Jeremoth, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve: / The sixteenth to Hananiah, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve: / The seventeenth to Joshbekashah, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve: / The eighteenth to Hanani, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve: / The nineteenth to Mallothi, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve: / The twentieth to Eliathah, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve: / The one and twentieth to Hothir, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve: / The two and twentieth to Giddalti, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve: / The three and twentieth to Mahazioth, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve: / The four and twentieth to Romamtiezer, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve.

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