chapter  V
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The Amethyst

Everybody kno,vs that the amethyst derives its name from its anti-vinous properties; for if you bear one you cannot be injured by ,vine. This I knew, and nothing more, till I carried the stone to my sybil and asked for a professional opinion on it. And it came in a form which subsequently startled me. I noticed as a very remarkable thing that, though she made no mention of it, she seemed to regard the stone as something-personally known to her, at least by report, and that she studied it \vith great respect. It occurred at once to me that it was some very famous fetish \vhich had long been lost, but of which the tradition had been preserved, like the black Voodoo stones of America. And I am now more convinced of it than ever.