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<* firft moor'd, he may take a flight view of the

*' fnowjf



MARTINUS SCRIBLERUS. 105

'* fnowy Riphaeans ; nor would I have him nclc&
*' Athos and Olympus, renowned for poetical fic-
" tions. Thofe that vomit fire will defcrve a more
" particular attention : I will therefore have him
" obfcrve with great care Vefuvius, ^Etna, the
*' burning mountain of Java, but chiefly Hecla the
" greateft rarity in the Northern Regions. Then
" he may likewife contemplate the wonders of the
** Mcphitick cave. When he has div'd into the
*' bowels of the earth, and furvey'd the works of
" Nature under ground, and inftrufted himfeK"
" fully in the nature of Vulcanos, Earthquakes,
c< Thunders, Tempefts, and Hurricanes, I hope he
" will blefs the world with a more exaft furvey of
tc the deferts of Arabia and Tartary, than as yet
" we are able to obtain : Then will I have him
" crofs the fevcn Gulphs, meafure the currents in
" the fifteen famous Streights, and fcarch for thofe
" fountains of frefh water that are at the bottom of
" the Ocean." At thefc laft words Mrs. Scrible-
rus fell into a trembling : the defcription of this ter-
rible Scene made too violent an impreffion upon a
woman in her condition, and threw her into a
ftrong hyftertc Fit ; which might have proved dan-
gerous, if Cornelius had not been pumed out of
the room by the united force of the women.



CHAP. III.

Shewing what bcfel the Do&o'rs Son and
liis Shield, on the day ot the Chrift'ning.

THE day of -the Chrift'ning being come, and
the houfe filled with Goifips, the Levity of
whofe converfation fuited but ill with the Gravity
of Dr. Cornelius, he caft abeut how to pafs this

7 day



106 M E M O I R S O F

day more agreeably to his ch , that is to far,

not without fome Profitable Conference^ nor wholly
without obfervance of fome Ancient Cuftom.

He remembered to have read in Theocritus, that
the Cradle of Hercules was a Shield ; and being pof-
fefled 04-" an antique Buckler which he held as a moft
ineftimable Relick, he determined to have the in-
fant laid therein, and in that manner brought into
the Study, to be flicwn to certain learned men of
his acquaintance.

The regard he had for this Shield, had caufcd
him formerly to compile a DifTertation concerning
it *, proving from the feveral properties, and par-
ticularly the colour of the Ruft, the exact chrono-
Jogy thereof.

vVith this Treatife, and a moderate fupper, he
propofed to entertain his guefts ; tho' he had alfo
another defign, to have their afiiftance in the calcu-
lation of his Sun's Nativity.

He therefore took the Buckler out of a Cafe (in
which he always kept it, left it might contract any
modern ruft) and entruftcd it to his Houfe-maid,
with orders, that when the company was come me
(hould lay the Child carefully in it, covered with a.
mantle of blueSattin.

The Guefts were no fooncr feated, but they en-
tered into a warm Debate about the Triclinium and
the manner of Decubitus of the Antients, which
Cornelius broke off in this manner :

" Thi? day, my Friends, I purpofe to ejxhibjj:
" my fon before you ; it Child not wholly unwor-
" thy of Infpeftion, as he is defcended from a Race
" of Virtuofi. Let the Phyfiognomifts examine
" his Features ; let the Chirograph! Its behold his
" Palm ; but above all let us confult forthecalcu-
*> lation of his Nativity. To his end, as the hild

9 See (he DiiTertation on Dr. Woodward's Shield.
4 " i



MARTINUS SCRI BLERUS. 107

" is not vulgar, I will not prefeirt him unto you in a
44 vulgar manner. He (hall be cradled in my An-
" cient Shield, fo famous through the Univcrlkies
44 of Europe. You all know how I purchased that
44 invaluable piece of Antiquity at the great (though
44 indeed inadequate) expcnce of all the Plate of
*' our family, how happily I carried it off, and how
44 triumphantly I tranfported it hither, to the incx-
44 preflible grief of all Germany. Happy in every
44 circumftance, but that it broke the heart of die
44 great Melchior Infipidus !"

Here he ftopp'd his Speech, upon fight of the
Maid, who entered the room with the Child : He
took it in his arms and proceeded :

44 Behold then my Child, but firft behold the
44 Shield : Behold this Ruft, or rather let me call
44 it this precious ./Erugo, behold this beautiful
' Varnifti of Time, this venerable Verdure of fo
44 many Ages

In fpeaking thefe words, he flowly lifted up the
Mantle, which covered it, inch by inch ; but at
every inch he uncovered, his checks grew paler,
his hand trembled, his nerves failed, till on light
of the whole, the Tremor became univerfal : The
Shield and the Infant both dropt to the ground, and
he had only ftrength enough to cry out, 4C O God !
44 my Shield, my Shield !"

The Truth was, the maid (extremely conccrn'd
for the reputation of her own cleanlinefs, and her
young matter's honour) had fcoured it as clean as
her Andirons *.

Cornelius funk back on a chair, the Guefts ftood
attonifhed, the infant fquaul'd, the maid ran in,
fnatch'd it up again in her arms, flew into her mif-
trefs's room, and told what had happcn'd. Down

* Poer Vadius long with learned fplccn devour'd.
Can tafcc no pleaiurc ii;.ce 1m J KioiU ^>as i"ccar'i.

lUirs



io8 M E M O I R S O F

flairs in an inftant hurried all the Goffips, where
they found the Doctor in a Trance : Hungary wa-
ter, Hartfhoro, and the confufed noife of (brill
voices, at length awaken'd him : when opening his
eyes, he faw the Shield in the hands of the Houfe-
maid. " O Woman ! Woman ! he cry'd (and
" (hatch'd it violently from her) was it to thy ig-
" norance that this Relick owes its ruin ? where,
" where is the beautiful Cruft that covered thee fo
c long ? where thofe Traces of Time and Fingers
' as it were of Antiquity ? Where all thofe beau-
" tiful obfcurities, the caufe of much delightful dif-
" putation, where doubt and curiofity went hand
" in hand, and eternally exercifed the fpeculations
" of the learned ? All this the rude Touch of an
" ignorant woman hath done away ! The curious
44 Prominence at the belly of that figure, which fome
" taking for the Cufpis of a fvvord, denominated &
*' Roman Soldier ; others accounting the Injignia
*' Vlrilia^ pronounced to be one of the Dii Termini ;.
" behold he hath cleaned it in like (hameful fort,
" and (hewn to be the head of a Nail. O my
" Shield ! my Shield ! well may I fay with Horace,
" ntn bcne relicta Formula."

The Gofllps, not at all inquiring into the caufe
of his forrow, only aflccd if the Child had no hurt ?
and cry'd, " Come, come, all is well ; what nas
" the woman done but her duty ? a tight cleanly
" wench I warrant her ; what a (lir a man makes
" about a Bafon, that an hour ago, before this la-
" hour was beftowcd upon it, a Country Barber
* would not have hung at his (hop door." " A Ba~
" fan ! (cry'd another) no fuch matter, 'tis no-
" thing but a paultry old Sconce^ with the nozzle,
" broke off." The learned Gentlemen, who till
now had (lood fpeechlefs, hereupon looking nar-
rowly on the Shield, declared their Aflent to this
latter opinion ; and defired Cornelius to be com-
forted.



MARTINUS SCRIBLERUS. 109

forted, afiuring him it was a Sconce and no other.
But this, inftead of comforting, threw the Do&or
into fuch a violent Fit of paflion, that he was car-
ried oft' groaning and fpecchlefs to bed ; where, be-
ing quite fpent, he fell into a kind of (lumber.



CHAP. IV.

Of the Sudion and Nutrition of the Great
Scriblerus in his Infancy, and of the fiift
Rudiments of his Learning.

AS foon as Cornelius awaked, he raifed him-
felf on his elbow, and carting his eye on Mrs.
Scriblerus, fpoke as follows. *' Wifely was it faid
" by Homer, that hi the Cellar of Jupiter are two
" barrels, the one of goo J, the other of evil, which
" he never beftows on Mortals feparattly, but con-
' ftantly mingles them together. Thus at the fame
" time hath Heaven blefled me with the birth of a
" Son, and afflicted me with the fcouring of my
" Shield. Yet let us not repine at his Difpenfati-
<* ons, who gives, and who takes away ; but ra-
44 thcr join in prayer, that the Ruft of Antiquity
44 which he hath been pleafed to take from my
44 Shield, may be added to my Son ; and that f
44 much of it, as it is my purpofe he (hall contract
" in his Education, -may never be deftroyed by any
44 modern polifhing."

He could no longer bear the fight of the Shield,
but ordered it fhould be removed for ever from ! is
. It was not long after purchafedby Dr. \Wd-
ward, who, by the aflHhmce of Mr. Kemp, in-
truded it with a new Ruft, and is the fame whereof
a Cut hath been engraved, and exhibited to the
great Contentation of the learned.

Corntliu*



iro M E M O I R S O F

Cornelius now began to regulate the Suction of
IMS Child. Seldom did there pafs a day without dif-
putes between him and the Mother, or the Nurfe,
concerning the nature of Aliment. The poor wo-
rran never dined but he denied her fome difh or
other, which he judged prejudicial to her milk.
One lay flie had a longing delire to a piece of beef,
and as fhe flretch'd her hand towards it, the old
gentleman drew it away, and fpoke to this eftlct.
*' Had'ft thou read the Ancients, O Nurfe, thou
c would'ft prefer the welfare of the Infant which
* thou nourifheft, to the indulging of an irregular
14 and voracious Appetite. Beef, it is true, may
" confer a Robuflnefs on the limbs of my fon, but
lt will hebetate and clog his Intellectuals." While
he fpoke this, the Nurfe looked upon him with
much anger, and now and then caft a wifhful eye
upon the Beef " Paflion (continued the Doctor,
< Hill holding the difh) throws the mind into too
" violent a fermentation ; it is a kind of Fever of
" the foul, or, as Horace exprcfles it, a. Short Mad-
" nefs. Confider, Woman, that this day's Suction
" of my fon may caufe him to imbibe many ungo-
" vernable Paflions, and in a manner fpoil him for
" the temper of a Philofopher. Romulus by fuck-
" ing a Wolf, became of a fierce and favage difpo-
" fition ; and were I to breed fome Ottoman Empe-
44 ror, or Founder of a Military Commonwealth,
44 perhaps I might indulge thee in this carnivorous
44 Appetite." What, interrupted the Nurfe, Beef
fpoil the Underftanding ? that's fine indeed how
then could our Parfon preach as he does upon Beef,
and Pudding too, if you go to that ? Don't tell me
of your Ancients, had not you almoft killed the
poor babe with a difh of Dxmonial black Broth ?
** Lacedncmonian black Broth, thou would'll fay,
*' (replied Cornelius) but I cannot allow the furfeit

" to



MARTINUS SCRIBLERUS. in

<c to have been occafionecl by that diet, finccit was
u recommended by the Divine Lycurgus. No,
" Nurle, thoumuft certainly have eaten fome meats
" of ill digeftion the day before, and that was the
** real caufe of his diforder. Confider, Woman,
" the different Temperaments of different Nations:
" What makes the Englifh phlegmatick and mc-
l - !.,ncholy, but Beef ? what renders tl Wel/h fo
" hot and cholerick, but Cheefe and Leeks ? the
" French derive their levity from their Soups, Frogs,
" ami M'.ifhrooms : I would not let my Son dine
" like an Italian, left like an Italian he fhould be

lous and revengeful : The warm and folid diet
" of Spain may be more beneficial, as he might in-
" due him with a profound Gravity, but at the
" fame time he might fuck in with their food their
" intolerable Vice of Pride. Therefore, Nurfe,
** in fhort, I hold it requifitc to deny you at pre-
" fent, not o.'ily Beef, but likewife whatlbever any
" of thofc Nations eat." During this fpeech, die
Nurfe remained pouting and marking her plate with
the knife, nor would flie touch a bit during the
whole dinner. This the old Gentleman obferving,
ordered that the Child, to avoid the rifque of im-
bibing ill humours, flu.uld be kept from her breaft
all that day, and be fed with Butter, mix'd with
Honey, according to a Prefcription he had met with
I' nu u'lirrc- m I.mhuhius upon Homer. This indeed
gave the Child a great loofenej's, but he was not
i "ULerncd at it, in the opinion that whatever harm
it might do his body, would be amply rccompenced
by the improvements of his undemanding^ But
lioin thenceforth he infilled every day upon -parti-
cular Diet to be obfcrved by the Nurtc ; under
which having been long uneaty, (he at laft parted
from the family, on his ordering her for dinner the

of a Sotu with Pig ; taking it a* the highcft

inJig/;



M E M O I R S O F

indignity, and a dircft Infult upon her Sex and.
Calling.'

Four years of young Martin's life pafled away in
fquabbles of this nature. Mrs. Scriblerus confidcr-
cd it was now time to inftru6l him in the funda-
mentals of Religion, and to that end took no fmall
pains in teaching him his Catechifm. But Cornelius
looked upon* this as a tedious way of Inftru6tion,
and therefore employed his head to find out more
pleafing methods, the better to induce him to be
fond of learning. He would frequently carry him
to the Puppet-Jhow of the Creation of the world,
\vhere the Child with exceeding delight gained a
notion of the Hiftory of the Bible. His firft rudi-
ments in prophane hiftory were acquired by feeing
of Raree-JhcwSy where he was brought acquainted
with all the Princes of Europe. In fhort, the old
Gentleman fo contrived it, to make every thing
contribute to the improvement of his knowledge,
even to his very Drefs. He invented for him a
Geographical fuit of cloaths, which might give him
fome hints of that Science, and likewife fome know-
ledge of the Commerce of different Nations. He
had a French Hat with an African Feather, Hol-
land Shirts and Flanders Lace, Englifh Cloth lined
with Indian Silk, his Gloves were Italian, and his
Shoes were Spanim : He was made toobfervethis,
and daily catechis'd thereupon, which his Father
was wont to call " Travelling at home." He
never gave him a Fig or an Orange but he obliged
him to give an account from what Country it came.
In Natural hiftory he was much a/lifted by his Curi-
ofity in Sign-PoftS) infomuch that he hath often con-
fefled he owed to them the knowledge of many
Creatures which he never found fince in any Au-
thor, fuch as White Lions, Golden Dragons, &c.
He once thought the fame of Green Men, but had

fince



MARTINUS SCRIBLERUS. 113

fjncc found them mentioned by Kercherus, and ve-
rified in the Hiltory of William of Newbury *.

His difpofition to the Mathematicks was difco-
vcred very early, by his drawing f parallel lines on
his bread and butter, and interfering them at equal
Angles, fo as to form the whole Superficies into
Squares. But in the midft of all thefe Improve-
ments, a flop was put to his learning the Alphabet^
nor would he let him proceed to Letter D, till h
could truly and diftirnStly pronounce C in the an-
cient manner, at which the Child unhappily bog-
gled for near three months. He was alfo obliged to
delay his learning to ivrite^ having turned away the
Writing Mafter becaufe he knew nothing of Fa-
bius's Waxen Tables.

Cornelius having read and ferioufly weighed the
methods by which the famous Montaigne was edu-
cated ;f, and refolving in fome degree to exceed them,
relblved he mould fpeak and learn nothing but the
learned Languages, and efpecially the Greek j in
which he conftantly eat and drank, according to
Homer. But what moft conduced to his eafy at-
tainment of this Language, was his love of Gin-
ger-bread ; which his Father obferving, caufed it
to be flampt with the Letters of the Greek Alpha-
bet ; and the child the very firft day eat as far as
Iota. By his particular application to this language
above the reft, he attained fo great a proficiency
therein, that Gronovius ingenuoufly confefles he

Gul. Neubrig. Book i. ch. 27. P.

f Pafcal'sLife :-ockeof Kduc. etc. P. There

arc fome extravagant lies told of the excellent PafcaTs

amazing genius for Mathematics in his early youth ; and

,. - _-c;ion; given for the introduction to the

nee, in Mr. Locke's book of Education.

J Who was taught Latin in his nurfe's arms, and not
fufFcrcd to hear a word of his mother tongue, till he could
Jpeakthe other perfectly

VOL. VI. I durft



ii 4 MEMOIRS OF

tlurft not confer with this child in Greek at eight
years old *, and at fourteen he compofed a Tragedy
in the fame language, as the younger f Pliny had
done before him.

He learned the Oriental Languages of Erpenius,
who refided fome time with his father for that pur-
pofe. He had fo early a Relifh for the Eaftern way
of writing, that even at this time he compofed (in
imitation of it) theThonfand and One Arabian Tales,
and alfo the Perfian Tales^ which have been fmce
tranflated into feveral languages, and lately into our
own with particular elegance, hy Mr. Ambrofe Phi-
lips. In this work of his Childhood, he was not a
little afiitted by the hiltorical Traditions of his
Nurfe.



CHAP. V.

A DifTertation upon Play- things.

ERE follow the InflrucYions of Cornelius
Scriblerus concerning the Plays and Play-
_ to be ufed by his fon Martin.
" Play was invented by the Lydians as a remedy
" againft Hunger. Sophocles fays of Palamedes,
" that he invented Dice to ferve lemetimes inftead
*' of a dinner. It is therefore wifely contrived by

* So Montaigne fays of his Latin George Bucanan
ct Mark Aatcine Muret, mes precepteurs domeftiques,
ai ont ditibuvent que j'avois ce langage en mon enfance

li preil et fi a main qu'ils craignoicnt a m'accofter.

Somme, nous nous latinizames tant, qu'il en regorgea
juique a nos villages tout autour, ou il y a encores, et
ont prispied par I' ufage, plufiturs appellations Latines
d' Artifans etd' outils.

f plin.,Epift. Lib. ;. P.

" Nature,



MAfcTINUS SCRIBLERUS. 115

" Nature, that Children, as they have the keeneft
" Appetite^ are m oft add idled to ' Phys. From the
" fame caufe, and from the unprejudiced and incor-
" rupt fimplicity of their minds it proceeds, that
" the Plays of the Ancient Children are preserved
*' more entire than any other of their Cuftoms *.
" In this matter I would recommend to all who
" have any concern in my Son's Education, that
" they deviate not in the lead from the' primitive
" and fimple Antiquity.

To fpeak firft of the IPhiftte, as it is the firft
<c of all Play-things. I wUl have it exactly to cor-
" refpond with the ancient Fiftula^ and accordingly
" to be compofedjfpttm paribus disjuncta a'cittis.

'* I heartily with a diligent fearch may be made
'* after the true Crepitacutum or Rattle of the An-
" tients, for that (as Jtrchytus Tarentinus Was of
" opinion) kept the children from breaking Earth-
'* ern Ware. The China cups in thefc days are not
" at all the fafer for the modern Rattles ; which is
" an evident proof how far their Crcpihicula ex-
** ceeded ours.

** I would not have Martin ai yet to fcourge a
" Top, till I am better informed whether the '"fro-
" chut which was recommended by Cat) be really
" our prt'.nt Top, or rather the Heap which the
" boys drive with a ftick. Neither Cr?/} and Pile,
" nor Ducks and Drafts are. quite fo ancient as
'* Handy- dandy , tho' Macrobius and St. Auguftine
** take notice of the firft, and Minutius FoeTix de-
" fcribes the latter ; but Handy-dandy i.s mentioned
'* by Ariftotle, Plato, and Ariltophancs.

* I>r. Arbuthnot ufed to fay, that notwithftanding

all the BoalU of the Cafe conveyance of 'Tradition ; it

'.i where |irclerved pure and uncorrupt but amonglk

Children ; x^h'jit (James and Plays are delivered down

invariably from one generation to another.

I a The



n6 MEMOIRS OF

44 The Play which the Italians call Cinque, and
" the French Mourre t is extremely ancient ; it
44 was played at by Hymen and Cupid at the Mar-
44 riage of Pfych-', and term'd by the Latins, digi-
44 tis mi cart.

44 Julius Pollux defcribes the Omilla or Chuck-
44 farthing ; tho' fome will have our modern Cbuck-
44 farthing to be nearer the Aphetinda of the An-
44 cients. He alfo mentions the Baftllnda^ t>r King
44 / */ ; and Myinda, or Hoopers-Hide.

44 But the Chytnndra defcribcd by the fame Au-
44 thor is certainly not our Hot-coc-le ; for that was
44 by pinching and not by ftrikirg; tho' there arc
*' good authors who affirm the Rathapygifmus to
" be yet nearer the modern Hot-end les. My foil
** Martin may ufe either of them indifferently, they
" being equally antique.

44 Building of Houfes, and Riding upon Stich
44 have been ufed by Children in all ages, /Edificare
44 cafas, equitare in arundine longa. Yet I much
44 doubt whether the Riding upon Sticks did not
44 come into ufe after the age of the Centaurs.

44 There is one Play which (hews the gravity of
44 ancient Education, called the Acinetinda, in which
* 4 children contended who could lone/eft Jtarulftj ft.
* 4 This we have fuffcr'd to pcrifh entirely ; and, if
44 I might be allowed toguefs, it was certainly firft
44 loft among the French.

44 I will permit my Son to play at Apcdidnf.in-
44 da^ which can be no olhcr than our Pufs in a
4:4 Corner.

44 Julius Pollux in his ninth book fpcaks of the
14 Mel'Aontbc or the Kite ; but I qucftion whether
44 the Kite of Antiquity was the fame with ours :
* 4 And though the Of-.tT^ow.* or Quail-fighting is
44 what is moft taken notice of, they had doubt-
44 lefs Cock-tnatches alfo, as is evident from certain
* 4 ancient Gems and Relievo's.

44 In



MARTINUS SCRIBLERUS. 117

44 In a word, let my fon Martin difport himf. If
44 at any Game truly Antique, except one, which
" was invented by a people among the Thracians,
4i . \vh' hung up one of their Companions in a
44 Rope, and gave him n Knife to cut himfeif
44 down ; which if he failed in, he was fuffered to
" hang till he was dead ; and this was only reckon-
44 ed a fort of joke. I am utterly againit this, as
44 barbarous and cruel.

" I cannot conclude, without taking notice of
44 the beauty of the Greek names, whofc Etymo-
44 logies aajuaint us with the nature of the fports ;
44 and how infinitely, both in fcnfe and found,
44 they excel our barbarous names of Plays."

Notwithiranding the foregoing Injunctions of
Dr. Cornelius, he yet condefcended to allow the
Child the ufe of fome few modern Play-things ;
fuch as mi^ht prove of any benefit to his mind, by
inltilling an early notion of the Sciences. For ex-
ample, he found that Marbles taught him Pcrcuf-
fion and the Laid of Moihn ; Nut-crackers the ufe
of the LfaKjfr ; Swinging on the ends of a Board,
the Rulitnce ; Bottle -fcrcivs, the Vice ; lPhlrligig3 the
ind Peritrochia ; Bird- cages y the Fully ; and
Tofts the Centifrugal motion.

Other-s of his fports were further carried to im-
prove his tender foul even in Virtue and Morality.
We (hall o?ily inftancc one of the moft ufeful and
instructive, Bob-cherry^ which teaches at once two
noble Virtues, Patience and Conftancy ; the firfl
in adhering to the purfuit of one end, the latter in
bearing a difappointmcnt.

Befides all thefe, he taught him as a divorfion,
an odd and fccret manner of Stealing^ according to
the Cullom of the Lacedxmonians ; wherein he
fuccceding fo well, that hepradtifcd it to the day of
his death.

13 CHAP.



ii8 MEMOIRS OF

CHAP. VI.

Of the Gymnaflick?, in what Exercifes Mar-
tinus was educated i fomething concern-
ing Mufick, and what fort of a Man his
Uncle was.

O R was Cornelius lefs careful in adhering
to the rules of the pureft Antiquity, in re-
lation to the Exercifes of his Son. He was fiript,
powdcr'd, and anointed, but not conftantly bath'd,
which occafioncd many heavy complaints of the
Lsundrcfs about dirtying his linen. When he
play'd at Quoits, he was allowed his Breeches and
Stockings ; bccaufe the Dijccboli (as Cornelius well
knew) were, naked to the middle only. The Mo-
ther often contended for modern Sports, and com-
mon Cuftoms, but this was his conftant reply,
tl Let a Daughter be the care of her Mother, but
" the Education of a Son ihould be the delight of
' his Father."

It was about this time, he heard, to his exceed-
ing content, that the Harpaftus of the Ancients,
was yet in ufe in Cornwall^ and known there by
the name of -Hurling. He was fenfible the com-
mon Fcot-lall was a very imperfect imitation of
that excrcife ; and thought it necefiary to fend
Martin into the Weft, to be initiated in that truly
ancient and manly part of the Gymnafticks. The
poor boy was fo unfortunate as to return with a
broken leg. This Cornelius looked upon but as
a flight ailment, and promifed his Mother he
would inftantly cure it : He flit a green Reed, and
caft the Knife upward, then tying the two parts


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