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Thus was the gentleman compelled to pass Abflinence ? two hours more without food,' a degree of abstinence he had not practised for almost pradifed. twenty years.
37. He complained bitterly of the flowness of time, and continually enquiring what was the hour; at length the Doctor returned punc- punctual? tual to his time, and ordered the supper to be brought in. Accordingly fix dishes were fet upon the table with great folemnity, all under flattered. cover and the gentleman fattered himself he should now be rewarded tor his long abfti
38. As they were fitting down to table, the learned Ramozini thus accorted his gueft: Be- looje. fore you give a loose to your appetite, fir, I must acquaint you, thai, as the most effectual method of fubduing this obstinate disease, all obstinate ? your food and drink will be mixed up with fuch medicinal substances as your case requires.
39. They will not be indeed discoverable roasted. by any of your senses: but as their effects are equally Itrong and certain, I must recommend to you to eat with moderation. Having piece. said this, he ordered the dishes to be uncovered, which to the extrepre astonishnient of the gentleman, contained rothing but olives, dried cheese. figs, datos, some roatted apples, a few boiled eggs, and a piece of hard cheese.
40. Heaven and earth, cried the gentleman, Spectacle ? loling all patience at this mortifying spectacle, is this the entertainment you have prepared Speeches. for me, with so many speeches and prefaces? Do you imagine that a perfon of my fortune can sup on such contemptible fare as would contemptible? hardly satisfy the wretched peasants whom I saw at dinner in your hall?
peasants ? 41. Have patience, my dear fir, replied the physician; it is the extreme anxiety I have for
your welfare that compels me to treat you with this apparent incivility. Your blood is. all in a ferment with the violent exercise you. have undergone; and, were I rathly to indulge your craving appetites a fever or pleurity might be the consequence.
42. But to morrow I hope you will be cooler, and then you may live in a stile more adapted to your quality. The gentleman began to comfort himself with this reflection, and, as there was no help, he at last determined to wait with patience another night.
43. He accordingly tasted a few of the dates and olives, eat a piece of cheese with a flice of excellent bread, and found himself more refreshed than he could have imagined was possible, from such an homely meal. When he had nearly supped he wanted fomething to drink, and oblerving nothing but water upon the table, desired one of the fervants to bring him a little wine.
44. Not, as you value the life of this illur. trious gentleman,cricd out the physician. Sir, added be turning to his guest, it is with inexpreffible reluctance that I contradict you, but wine would be at present a mortal poison; therefore, please to content yourself for one night only, with a glass of this moit.cxcellent and refreshing mineral water.
45. The gentleman was again compelled to submit, and drank the water with a variety of strange grimaces.
After the cloth was removed, Signor Ramozini entertained the gentleman with some agreeable and improving conversa:ion, for about an hour, and then proposed to his patient that he thould retire tu rest.
46. this proposal the gentleman gladly accepted, as he found him olf fatigued with his journey, and unusually dispo ed io fecp. The doctor then retired, and ordered one of his
servants to thew the geatleman to his chamber.
47. He was accordingly conducted into a Matrass ? neighbouring room, where there was little to be ieen, but a homely bed, without furniture, with nothing to fleep upon but a matrafs, alAoor. most as hard as the floor. At this the gentleman burst into a violent palion again: Villain, said he to the servant, it is impollible your wretched. master should dare to confiae me to such ? wretched dog-hole! Thew me into another room immediately!
profound ?, 48. Sir,answered the servant with profound humility, I am heartily furry the chamber does not please you ; but I am morally certain I have not mistaken my master's order, and I have too great a repeat for you to think preciour. of disobeying him in a point which concerns your precious life.
foutting 49. Saying this he went out of the room, and, thutting the door on the outside, left the gentleman to his meditations. They were not very agreeable at first ; however, as he saw no revenge? remedy, he undrefled himself and entered the wretched bed, where he presently fell asleep while he was meditating revenge upon the doctor and his whole family.
civility ? 50. The gen:leman flept fo foundly that he did not a wake till morning, and then the phy.. fician came into his room, and with the
greatelt tenderness and civility inquired after his health. He liaa indeed fallen alleep in very
ill humour, but his night's relt had much com- complaints. posed his mind, and the effect of this was increased by the extreme politeness of the doct. or: so that he answered with tolerable temper, only making bitter complaints of the homeliness of his accommodation.
51. M: dearest fir, answered the physician, previous ? did I not make a previous agreement withyou, that you should submit to my management ?
Can you imagine that I have any other end
52. However, in this case, I must inform
53. But now, if you please, it is time to rise. Ramozini then rang for his servants, and the gentleman suffered himself to be drelied. At breakfast the gentleman expected to fare a little better; but his relentless guardian would suffer him to taite nothing but a slice of bread and a porringer of water gruel, all which he defended very little to his guest's fatisfaction, upon the most unerring principles of medicinal science.
54. fter breakfast had been sometime finished, doctor Ramozini told his patient it was time to begin the great work rfreitoring him to the use of his limbs. He accordingly had him carried into a litile room, where he defired the genileman to attenpt to fiand. That is impossible answered the patient, for I have not been able to ule a leg these thiree years.
55. Prop yourself, then upon your crutches, and lean against the wall to support yourself, answered the physician; the gentleman did fo, and the doctor went abruptly cut, and locked the door after him. He had not been long in this situation, before he felt the foor of
the chamber, which he had not before per- Immoderately? ceived to be compofed of plates of iron, grow iminoderately hot under his teet.
vociferations ? 56. He called the doctor and his servants, butto no purpose ; he then began to utter loud rociferations and menaces, but all was equal. intense. ly ineffectual; he raved, lie (wore, he promilo ed, he intreated, but no body came to his agility? asli.tance, and the heat grew more intense every initant.
97. At length neceffity compelled him to hop upon one leg in order to rest the other, muscle? and this he did with greater agility than he could conceive was poffible; prefently the other leg began to burn; and then he hopped profuse? again upon the other. Thus he went on hopping about with this involuntary exercise, till he had ftretched every sinew and muicle more. than he had done for several years before, and throwia bimself into a profuse perfpiration.
58. When the doctor was iatisfied with the chair. exertions of his patient, he fent into the room an easy chair for him to rest upon, and suffered the door to cool as gradually as it had been hcated. Then it was that the fick man for falutary? the first time began to be sensible of the real use and pleasure of repofe : he had earned it by fatigue, without which it can never prove either falutary or agreeable.
59. At dinner, the doctor appeared again apologies? to his patient, and made him à thousand apol. ogies for the liberties he had taken with his person: these excuses he received with a kind mitigated? of sullen civility ; however his anger was a little mitigated by the smell of a roasted pullet, which was brought to table and set before bini.
viduals. He now, from exercise and abstinence, began to find a relish in his victuals which he had never done before, and the doctor permit