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Bruised, battered, deafened, staggering, the philosopher nevertheless contrived to keep his wits. " Oh, sagacious asses!" said he to the roaring crowd, who at once sank into silence at the compliment paid to their wisdom, " have patience but for a single minute, and I will prove to you that I am not such a fool as I look." Bending back his head, and turning the palms of his hands upwards to the sky, " Oh wise father," he exclaimed, " of the witty and the witless, vouchsafe to send down upon me a deluge for my peculiar and individual use. Wet me to the skin even as these fools are wet. Constitute me, thereby, as great a fool as my neighbours ; and enable me, in consequence, a fool, to live at peace among fools."
At these words, the two assemblies, of idiots below, and of Olympians above, shook with laughter, at once loud and inextinguishable. Down came the shower prayed for, upon the person of the philosopher, but peculiar influences were sent down with it, and the dripping sage rose from his
knees ten times wittier than he was before.
Jupiter's beard was yet wagging with laughter, and merry tears fell from the eyelids of Juno, whose head lay in frolicsome helplessness upon the bosom of her hilarious lord, when the latter exclaimed, " We have spoiled that good fellow's robe, but we will also make his fortune."
" That is already accomplished," remarked Juno. " I
have just breathed into the ear of the chief of the district, and Tie is now taking the philosopher home with him, to be at once his diverter and instructor."