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A Traveller’s Singularities

BALTHAZAR GRATIAN, Author of the Courtier, has frequently very singular strokes of imagination. In one of his works, he supposes his Hero to travel in search of a true Friend. Among the most singular curiosities he meets with in his travels, are to be distinguished the following ones—A poor Judge, with his wife, neither of whom had any fingers to their hands; a great Lord, without any debts; a Prince, who was never offended at the truth being told him to his face; a Poet, who became rich by the produce of his works; a Monarch, who died without any suspicion of having been poisoned; a humble Spaniard; a silent Frenchman; a lively Englishman; a German, who disliked wine; a learned Man recompensed; a chaste Widow; a Madman discontented; a sincere Female; and, what was more singular than all these singularities, a true Friend!