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  • louise
    *Bad Air a Cause of Melancholy.* ... And for that reason in Venice*, there is little stirring in those brick-paved streets in summer about noon, they are most
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      *Bad Air a Cause of Melancholy.*

      ... And for that reason in Venice*, there is little stirring in
      those brick-paved streets in summer about noon, they are most part
      then asleep : as they are likewise in the great Mogor's* Countries,
      and all over the *East Indies*. At Aden* in Arabia*, as *Lodovicus
      Vertomannus* relates in his travels, they keep their markets in the
      night, to avoid extremity of heat; and in Ormus*, like cattle in a
      pasture, people of all sorts lie up to the chin in water all day
      long. At Braga* in Portugal*, Burgos* in Castile*, Messina* in
      Sicily*, all over Sapin* and Italy*, their streets are most part
      narrow, to avoid the sun-beams. The Turks* wear great turbans *ad
      fugandos solis radios*, to refract the sun-beams ...

      the great, the [in][imitable] Robert Burton, from his masterwork,
      The Anatomy of Melancholy.

      goodnight all
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