By C. S. Forester
His Majesty's send Sutherland is a monotonous send of the road. yet in command is none except the heroic Captain Hornblower and, along with his team from the Lydia, seems set to tackle commando raids, hurricanes at sea and Napoleon's gun batteries.
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Fracastoro’s research on contagion, the great plague and syphilis epidemics in particular, had led him to adopt a new approach to illness: for him the Galenic approach, centred on the observation of his patients’ temperaments and on dietary adaptation designed to restore their equilibrium, was insufficient in a modern world tormented by epidemics that decimated whole populations without concern for the particular temperamental balance of their victims. In these circumstances, it was more productive to reflect on the nature of the illness itself.
Mes defauts s’y liront au vif, et ma forme naïfve, autant que la reverence publique me l’a permis. (Had I been to court the favour of the public, I should have adorned myself with borrowed beauties: But I am desirous to appear in my plain, natural, ordinary dress, without study or artifice; for it is my own dear self that I paint. )10 Like Ronsard, Montaigne sets out his stall under the sign of if-clauses. In so doing he advertises the process of published self-scrutiny as one concerned not only with me, here, now, but also with what I might have done, and who I might (have, or might yet, or just might) turn out to have been, if: Que si j’eusse esté entre ces nations qu’on dict vivre encore sous la douce liberté des premieres loix de nature, je t’asseure que je m’y fusse tres-volontiers peint tout entier, et tout nud.
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