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But my master reminded him that he was carrying out an inquiry at the abbot’s behest, and led Benn into the cloister. We sat on the inner wall, between two columns. Looking from time to time toward the Edificial, Benn waited for William <a href="">links</a> to speak. “Well, then,” William asked, “What was said that day when you were discussing Adelman’s marginalia with Beranger, Venations, Malachi, and Jorge?” “You heard it yesterday. Jorge was saying that it is not licit to use ridiculous images to decorate books that contain the truth. And Venations observed that Aristotle himself had spoken of witticisms and plays on words as instruments better to reveal the truth, and hence laughter could not be such a bad thing if it could become a vehicle of the truth. Jorge said that, as far as he could recall, Aristotle <a href="">links of london</a> had spoken of these things in his Poetics, when discussing metaphor. And these were in themselves two disturbing circumstances, first because the book of the Poetics, unknown to the Christian world for such a long time, which was perhaps by divine decree, had come to us through the infidel Moors. …”“But it was translated into Latin by a friend of the angelic doctor of Aquino,” William said. “That’s what I said to him,” Benn replied, immediately heartened. “I read Greek badly and I could study that great book only, in fact, through the translation of William of Merete. Yes, that’s what I said. But Jorge added that the second cause for uneasiness is that in the book the Stag rite was speaking of poetry, which <a href="">links of london uk</a> is infirm doctrinal and which exists on figments. And Venations said that the psalms, too, are works of poetry and use metaphors; and Jorge became enraged because he said the psalms are works of divine inspiration and use metaphors to convey the truth, while the works of the pagan poets use metaphors to convey falsehood and <a href="">links london charms</a> for purposes of mere pleasure, a remark that greatly offended me. …”“It’s true,” Benn said, smiling for the first time, his face growing almost radiant. “We live for books. A sweet mission m this world dominated by disorder and <a href="">links of london bangle</a> decay. Perhaps, then, you will understand what happened on that occasion. Venations, who knows ... who knew Greek very well, said that Aristotle had dedicated the second book of the Poetics specifically to laughter, and that if a philosopher of such greatness had devoted a whole book to laughter, then laughter must be important. Jorge said that many fathers had devoted entire books to sin, which is an important thing, but evil; and Venations said that as far as he knew, Aristotle had spoken of laughter as <a href="">Links London sweetie</a> something good and an instrument of truth; and then Jorge asked him contemptuously whether by any chance he had read this book of Aristotle; and Venations said that no one could have read it, because it has never been found and is perhaps lost forever. And, in fact, William of Merete never had it in his hands. Then Jorge said that if it had not been found, this was because it had never been written, because Providence did not want futile things glorified. I wanted to calm everyone’s spirit, because Jorge is easily angered and Venations <a href="">Flip Flop 3-Flowers Charm</a> was speaking deliberately to provoke him, and so I said that in the part of the Poetics that we do know, and in the Rhetoric, there are to be found many wise observations on witty riddles, and Venations agreed with me. Now, with us was Pacific’s of Tivoli, who knows the pagan poets very well, and he said that when it comes to these witty riddles, no one surpasses the African poets. He quoted, in fact, the riddle of the fish, of Symposiums. Reprinted from: