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Enter the OLD MAN, very slowly.

My bones ache with sitting, my eyes with watching, while waiting for the Doctor, till he returned from his business. At last the troublesome fellow has with difficulty got away from his patients. He says that he has set a broken leg for Aesculapius1, and an arm for Apollo. I'm now thinking whether I'm to say that I'm bringing a doctor or a carpenter2. But, see, here he comes.--Do get on with your ant's pace.

1 For Aesculapius: Apollo and Aesculapius were the two guardian Divinities of the medical art. The old man, perhaps, mentions their names instead of those of some persons of whose wonderful cures the Doctor has been bragging.

2 Or a carpenter: He says that, talking of mending legs, the Doctor may, for aught he knows, be some carpenter, who has been patching up the legs of statues.

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