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CHAPTER IX

OMENS AND SUB-RITES

This day is big with fate ; just as I set My foot across the threshold, lo ! I met A man whose squint terrific struck my view ; Another came, and lo ! he squinted too : And ere I turned the corner of the street, Some ten short paces, 'twas my lot to meet A third, who squinted more—a fourth, and he Squinted more vilely than the other three. Such omens caught the eye when Caesar fell, But cautioned him in vain ; and who can tell Whether these awful notices of fate Are meant for Kings or Ministers of State ?

Bombastes Furioso, Sc. iv.

in connection with the discussion of the divinatory developments at magical localities we have already had occasion to notice the creation of divinatory sub-rites. A divinatory significance is attached by the anxiety of the patient to rites, the original purpose of which had nothing to do with divination. The sick man watches anxiously to see which side of

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