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Examples of Loci
This call to Abraham is peculiar only as to its form; as to its essence, it is ever repeating itself.
From the direction of the road which Jacob took, he only _ surmises_ that it was situated thereabouts; and since there was, in the neighbourhood of Bethlehem, a place called "the place of the shepherds," he, from a mere combination, declares this to be identical with the Tower of the flock; while, after all, he is so cautious as not at once to reject the only true derivation of this name from the shepherds at the birth of Christ.
On the other part, in opposition and repugnancy hereto, the philosophers say that idleness is the mother of luxury.
For the same reason was a camp or leaguer of old called castrum, as if they would have said castum; because the soldiers, wrestlers, runners, throwers of the bar, and other such-like athletic champions as are usually seen in a military circumvallation, do incessantly travail and turmoil, and are in a perpetual stir and agitation.
The floor, as well as the table and chairs, was overflowed by the same _mare magnum_ of miscellaneous trumpery, where it would have been as impossible to find any individual article wanted, as to put it to any use when discovered.
A large old-fashioned oaken table was covered with a profusion of papers, parchments, books, and nondescript trinkets and gewgaws, which seemed to have little to recommend them, besides rust and the antiquity which it indicates.