chapter  X
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It cannot fail to strike the reader that there is a very loose Inoral tone-a gay and festive sensuousness evident in these tales. These folletti are all, \vhen not terrible, very much like the Fauns and Sylvans, spirits of yore, from whom they are, beyond all doubt, legitimately descended. In fact the spirit of Dyonisia, the \vorship of Bacchus and Venus, and of Pan-of Dryads and Oreads, and a multitude of hard-drinking, free-loving, rakish divinities, all of whom, from great ] ove himself down to the Satyrs, set the example of embracing every pretty \voman \vho came in their ,vay, could hardly be \\Tanting among peopl~ who still actually invoke these deities by their old names. And this is-inter alia-a strong confirmation of the heathen antiquity of all this Tuscan lore.