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31. Another part of my ‘smoke’ which 535you frequently laugh at is my pretence, as you say, to know what I do not know, and the parade I make of great teachers to deceive the common and ignorant people. You, of course, are a man not of smoke but of flame, or rather of lightning; you fulminate when you speak; you cannot contain the flames which have been conceived within your mouth, and like Barchochebas,31943194    Son of a Star; the leader of the Jewish revolt against Hadrian, a.d. 132–5. the leader of the revolt of the Jews, who used to hold in his mouth a lighted straw and blow it out so as to appear to be breathing forth flame: so you also, like a second Salmoneus,31953195    King of Elis whom Jove destroyed for imitating thunder and lightning by his chariot and brazen bridge and torches. brighten the whole path on which you tread, and reproach us as mere men of smoke, to whom perhaps the words might be applied,31963196    Ps. civ. 52 “Thou touchest the hills and they smoke.” You do not understand the allusion of the Prophet31973197    Supposed to refer to Rev. ix. 7, 17 when he speaks of the smoke of the locusts; it is no doubt the beauty of your eyes which makes it impossible for you to bear the pungency of our smoke.


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