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ys Aretino parenthetically. Like Alexander Gill, he is now remembered only as the schoolmaster of a great poet, and that he did his duty well may be inferred from Dante's speaking of him gratefully as one who by times taught him how man eternizes himself. This, and what Villani says of his refining the Tuscan idiom (for so we understand his farli scorti in bene parlare Though he himself preferred French, and wrote his Tresor in that language for two reasons, la una perche noi siano in Francia, e la altra perched la parlatura francesca é piu dilettevolee piu comune che tutti LI altri linguaggi. (Proemio, sul fine.)), are to be noted as of probable influence on the career of his pupil. Of the order of Dante's studies nothing can be certainly affirmed. His biographers send him to Bologna, Padua, Paris, Naples, and even Oxford. All are doubtful, Paris and Oxford most of all, and the dates utterly undeterminable. Yet all are possible, nay, perhaps probable. Bologna and Padua we