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[389c] and in each of his products he must embody the nature which is naturally best for each?


And the same applies to all other instruments. The artisan must discover the instrument naturally fitted for each purpose and must embody that in the material of which he makes the instrument, not in accordance with his own will, but in accordance with its nature. He must, it appears, know how to embody in the iron the borer fitted by nature for each special use.


And he must embody in the wood the shuttle fitted by nature for each kind of weaving.


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