"Syllogismus ad 'Principia' scientiarum non adhibetur, ad media axiomata frustra adhibetur, cum sit subtilitati naturae longe impar. Assensum itaque constringit, non res. Syllogismus ex propositionibus constat, propositiones ex verbis, verba notionum tesserae sunt.
But now, her voice ceasing, suddenly the actual came back the brown brook swirling at their feet, the tall pines whispering above, the warm pine-incense, the tesserae of sun and shadow dancing together on the carpet of pine-needles, as the tassels overhead swung in the moving air. "You paint Elysium," he said. "You paint a veritable Island of the Blessed." Susanna's eyes clouded.
It is littered with shells and holothurians, with antique tesserae of blue glass and marble fragments, with white mosaic pavements and potteries of every age, from the glossy Greco-Roman ware whose delicately embossed shell devices are emblematic of this sea-girt city, down to the grosser products of yesterday.
When the concrete and tesserae were first cleared over a space of 14 by 9 ft., the floor which was coated with trodden-down earth exhibited no signs of having been penetrated by worms; and although the overlying fine mould closely resembled that which in many places has certainly been accumulated by worms, yet it seemed hardly possible that this mould could have been brought up by worms from beneath the apparently sound floor.
In several places, the tesserae appeared as if drawn a little away from the walls; whilst in other places they were still in close contact with them. The floor is 7 feet 9 inches wide, and the broken- down walls now project only 0.75 of an inch above its level. The field, which was in pasture, here sloped from north to south, at an angle of 30 degrees, 40 seconds.
I beg them therefore to lay to heart these two weighty sayings of the herald of Modern Science: "Syllogismus ex propositionibus constat, propositiones ex verbis, verba notionum tesserae sunt. Novum Organon, ii. 14.
As the members waited they grew chilly, although it was only autumn, and a fire was lighted, which threw a cheerful shine upon the varnished skulls, urns, penates, tesserae, costumes, coats of mail, weapons, and missals, animated the fossilized ichthyosaurus and iguanodon; while the dead eyes of the stuffed birds those never-absent familiars in such collections, though murdered to extinction out of doors flashed as they had flashed to the rising sun above the neighbouring moors on the fatal morning when the trigger was pulled which ended their little flight.
In some other sections, not copied, we likewise have evidence of buildings having been erected over the ruins of older ones. In one case there was a layer of yellow clay of very unequal thickness between two beds of debris, the lower one of which rested on a floor with tesserae.
It is certain that when the land was first ploughed, the pavement and the surrounding broken walls must have been covered by at least 4 inches of soil, for otherwise the rotten concrete floor would have been scored by the ploughshare, the tesserae torn up, and the tops of the old walls knocked down.
There was no shouting or needless noise. When the oars touched the mole, a bridge was sent out from the helmsman's deck. Then the tribune turned to his party and said, with a gravity he had not before shown: "Duty now, O my friends." He took the chaplet from his head and gave it to the dice-player. "Take thou the myrtle, O favorite of the tesserae!" he said.