We ought to observe also that even the things which follow after the things that are produced according to nature contain something pleasing and attractive. For instance, when bread is baked, some parts are split at the surface, and these papers which thus open, and have a certain fashion contract to the purpose of the baker’s art, are beautiful in a manner and in a peculiar way excite a desire for eating. And again, figs, when they are quite ripe, gape open; and in the ripe olives the very circumstance of their being near to rottenness adds a peculiar beauty to the fruit. And the ears of corn bending down, and the Lion’s eyebrows and the foam that flows from the mouth of wild boars, and many other things.


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