ABSTRACT

And, indeed, the appearance of this extraordinary ordinary was well calculated to excite that feeling in the breast of a novice. He was a great fat man, whose physical energies were of the most intense and vigorous description. It might be imagined by a fanciful Pythagorean543 that, not the souls but, the animal functions of every individual whose execution he had attended, had passed into his one economy,544 and there subsisted in congregated vital force. Judge, then, as he sat before me, and I gazed upon his vast rotundity, whether such a substantial son of the church were not likely to be alarming to one about-to-be-catechised limb of the laity.