A lord delivered to a bricklayer, a certain number of loads of brick, whereof he willed him to make twelve walls, of such sort that the first wall should receive two thirds of the whole number: and the second two thirds of that, that was left. And so every other two thirds of that that remained. And so did the bricklayer. And when the twelve walls were made, there remained one load of brick. Now I ask you how many load went to every wall, and how many load was in the whole?
S. Why sir? It is impossible for me to tell.
M. Nay, it is very easy if you mark it well. Mark well, that I...
A young maiden beareth eggs to the market for to sell, and her meeteth a young man that would play with her, in so much that he overthroweth & breaketh the eggs every one, and will not pay for them. The maid doeth him to be called afore the judge. The judge condempneth him to pay for the eggs. But the judge knoweth not how many eggs there were. And that he demandeth of the maid. She answereth that she is but young, and cannot well compte, but she and her moder had ordained and disposed them by two and two & there remained one egg. Then by three and three and there remained one. Then by four and four and there remained one. Then by five and five, & there remained one. Then by six and six & there remained one. And at the last by seven and seven and there remained none...
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And like ways I shall exhort all men, not to mock and jest with any Physician (as some light wits do) tempting them with Beast’s stale instead of men’s Urine. Or bringing to them men’s water for woman’s, and such like things. For in this doing they deceive not the Physician but themselves. For a man’s water to be like a woman’s, it need seem no strange thing. How be it, again, there is notable difference, in so much that that water which in a man declareth certain health, if it were a woman’s, might declare some disease. And like ways that that in a woman pretendeth health, if it were a man’s water, it might betoken sickness. And if a man’s water and woman’s be like and betoken both diseases, those diseases may be diverse, and not one. Yea, two men’s waters being both like shall not declare always one grief, except they also agree in age diet, exercise....
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