"There is no need to go on and mention the
seas and straits with their tides, whose ebb and flow
are governed by the motion of the moon. Innumerable instances of the same kind may be given
to prove that some natural connexion does exist
between objects apparently unrelated. Concede
that it does exist; it does not contravene the point
I make, that no sort of a cleft in a liver is prophetic
of financial gain. What natural tie, or what
'symphony,' so to speak, or association, or what' sympathy,' as the Greeks term it, can there be between
a cleft in a liver and a petty addition to my purse?
Or what relationship between my miserable money-getting, on the one hand, and heaven, earth, and the
laws of nature on the other?
"However, I will concede even this if you
wish, though it will greatly weaken my case to admit
that there is any connexion between nature and
the condition of the entrails;