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saltare et cantare, these accomplishments were hardly regarded as respectable by the better classes.

spargere, i.e. in food or drink: poisoning has in all ages been carried to a high art in Italy.

scitote: notice the second (fut.) imperat. (regularly used in this word).

his . . . noctibus: although this was spoken Nov. 9, yet the Roman year was at this time in such a state of confusion that the true date was probably some time in December, just when the winter was setting in.

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