The Works of Sir William Temple, Complete in Four Volumes; To Which Is Prefixed the Life and Character of the Author, Considerably Enlarged Volume 3

The Works of Sir William Temple, Complete in Four Volumes; To Which Is Prefixed the Life and Character of the Author, Considerably Enlarged Volume 3

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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. 1814 edition. Excerpt: ...it not very likely for me to see him again, and I had a mind to know, from his own mouth, the ac-count of a common, but much credited story, that I had heard so often from many others, of an old parrot he had in Brasil, during his government there, that spoke, and asked, and answered com-_ mon questions like a reasonable creature; so that those_of his train there generally concluded it to be witchery or possession; and one of his chaplains, who lived long afterwards in Holland, would never from that time endure a parrot, but said, they all had a devil in them. I had heard many particulars of this story, and assured by people hard to be discredited, whichmade me ask PIIHCE; ' Maurice what there was in it? He said, with his usual plainness and dryness in talk, there was something true, but a great deal false of what had been reported. I desired to know of him what there was of the first? He told me short and coldly, that he had heard of such an old parrot when he came to Brasil; and though he believed nothing of it, and it was a good way off, he had so much curiosity as to send for it: that it was a very large and a very old one; and when it came first into the room where the Prince was, with a great many Dutchmen about him, it said presently, What a company of white men are here? They asked it what he thought that man was, pointing at the Prince? it answered, Some general or other. When they brought it close to him, he asked it, D'0u venez nous P whence come you? it answered, De Maragnan from Maragnan. The Prince, A qui estes rvous? To whom do you belong? The parrot, A un Portugais. To a Portuguese. The Prince, Que fais-tu lri? What do ou there? The parrot, Je garde les poulets. I Ilook after the chickens. The Prince laughed, and...show more

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