The reader will be relieved to know

From Guarino da Verona’s prefatory letter to Antonio Beccadelli’s Hermaphrodite.  As entertaining as the book itself can be, I’m more charmed with the editor/translator Holt Parker’s footnotes:

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In the Life of St. Paul the Hermit 3.  The reader will be relieved to know that the saint bites off his own tongue rather than submit.

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