Merry Tales of the Monks

Merry Tales of the Monks

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1893 edition. Excerpt: ... went into the town, and selecting one of the most abandoned creatures, he again caused an exchange of souls. This time it was a beautiful courtesan, detested by all the good wives of the place. These women had fre. quently plotted the downfall of their rival, but as the harlot had an intimate acquaintance with many of their husbands she was thus often enabled to counteract their plans. Now, to the astonishment of the men, she proceeded to address them in this manner: --"' Why do you not remain faithful to those whom you have taken to wife? Observe with what concern do these good women look upon your sinful ways. Are they not gifted with the power to please as well as myself? Have they not likewise borne you children to support your old age? On my part, what blessings have I bestowed? I laugh within myself, saying that maintenance wnich of right belongs to others comes to me; and what do I give in return? Answer me, beasts! The pleasures I bestow are bought; should you not have the means to purchase, you are deprived of them. On the other hand, observe the faithful woman who clings to you, without price, without reward. See, the children of thy loins plead with thee. Can it be possible that the wretch exists who dare disre, gard such an appeal?' "The mistress of the bagnio, enraged at words so dam. aging to her interests, turned the hussy out of the house, bidding her never to enter it again. "Now the soul of the courtesan, upon entering the ascetic's body, began to display itself in a most gross and unseemly manner. His companions were more astonished than before. Vulgar epithets fell from his lips; licentious actions followed. Several women who had come for advice fled with terror at his lewd advances. Salseus, for so he...show more

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  • Paperback | 126 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 240g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236804511
  • 9781236804518