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Author: Pellisson-Fontanier, Paul, 1624-1693.
Title: A miscellany of divers problems containing ingenuous solutions of sundry questions, partly moral, partly of other subjects / translated out of French by Henry Some ...
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Print source: A miscellany of divers problems containing ingenuous solutions of sundry questions, partly moral, partly of other subjects / translated out of French by Henry Some ...
Pellisson-Fontanier, Paul, 1624-1693., Some, Henry., Thoms, Samuel., Pellisson, Georges, d. 1677.

London: Printed for Charles Adams and are to be sold at his shop ..., 1662.
Alternate titles: Meslange de divers problèmes. English
Translation of: Meslange de divers problèmes.
Dedication signed: Samuel Thoms.
The dedication states this work to be by P. Pellisson, who wrote the history of the French academy, also translated by Some.
Also attributed to George Pellisson. Cf. BM.
First ed. of this translation. Cf. BM.
Reproduction of original in British Library.
Subject terms:
Life -- Philosophy.
Questions and answers.

title page
To the vertuous La∣dies, Mris Elizabeth Chase, Mris Fran∣ces Heywood, and Mris Laetitia Briggs, the three sisters of his dear friend Mr. H. Some.
On the judicious Translator Master Henry Some late of Ks. Colledge Fel∣low, my dear and deceased Friend.
To my Worthy Friend Mr. Samuel Thoms Pub∣lisher of this work of our Deceased Friend the Translator Mr. Henry Some.
Upon the untimely death of his most Ingenious and Learned Friend Mr. Henry Some, the Translator of this Book.
A Table of the Chapters contained in this Vo∣lume.
PROB. 1. What's the reason that the address and subtilty of wit, which appears in the execution of an evil action, makes us think it sometimes more ugly, and sometimes less?
PROB. 2. Whence comes the custome of making fire-works, and shooting off guns, either when a peace is made, or after a victory, or at the entrance of Princes into some City, or upon other the like occasions?
PROB. 3. Whence is it that the Choler of him that hath no cause to be afraid of us, and hath our necks under his feet, is sometimes sooner appeased by bra∣vado's, and boldness, than by humi∣lity and entreaties?
PROB. 4. Whence comes it that Tears are a comfort to sadness, and how are they formed?
PROB. 5. What is the reason there are Tears of joy?
PROB. 6. Whence comes it that many very wick∣ed men, are oftentimes the best friends?
PROB. 7. What is the reason that the Wind which comes in at a window or a little hole, is more dangerous than that which we feel abroad in the open field?
PROB. 8. What is the reason that Evil is more active than Good?
PROB. 9. What is the reason that Water-drink∣ers are greater lovers of fruit then others?
PROB. 10. What is the reason there is no such enmity as that which succeeds amity?
PROB. 11. Why hath extream affliction no tears?
PROB. 12. What is the reason some things are gotten best by neglecting them?
PROB. 13. What is the reason that those things to which we are accustomed, are not prejudicial to our health?
PROB. 14. Whence comes it, that (as it is the saying of some body) a great service is not so proper to gain our affection, as many petty services done in a continued secies and on all occa∣sions?
PROB. 15. What is the reason that a great joy makes us facile to pardon injuries?
PROB. 16. What is the reason there is so much false news spread abroad, and that many delight to make others believe strange things?
PROB. 17. What is the reason that having been long on horse-back, a man doth better refresh himself by walking a little on foot, than by sitting still?
PROB. 18. What is the reason that when we come to rest our selves after much walk∣ing we finde our selves more weary a while after?
PROB. 19. Why is it good not to let a wicked man that hath power to do what mischief he please, perceive that we are jea∣lous of him?
PROB. 20. Whence comes it that Beasts do natu∣rally know how to swim, and that Man hath need to learn?
PROB. 21. What is the reason that the fruits which grow at the tops of the boughs are the best?
PROB. 22. Why do good men think they ought to speak in proper terms of other Pas∣sions and Vices, but not of things that regard wantonness and corpo∣ral Love?
PROB. 23. Whence comes it that they say, what∣soever cures us, and is good for us, dislikes us; and that on the contrary, we love that which hurts us?
PROB. 24. What is the reason that Children in Winter, though their face and hands seem to show that they are more af∣flicted with cold than men grown, yet are not easily perswaded to warm themselves?
PROB. 25. Whence comes it that when we are in affliction, we are better diverted by the representation of some Tragick History, or by the recital of some great misfortune, then by more mer∣ry shews, or facetious tales?
PROB. 26. Why do some noises make a man sleep?
PROB. 27. What is the reason we aggravate our miseries, and love to perswade others that we are very unfortu∣nate?
PROB. 28. Why do many laugh to see another man fall?
PROB. 29. What is the reason that those who em∣brace Civil and Worldly affairs with too violent an ardour, are subject to lose all sense of Religion, and the knowledge of a Deity?
PROB. 30. What is the reason that the lowest spi∣rits are commonly most perswaded of the truth of their opinions?
PROB. 31. Whence is it that in the greatest sub∣jects of affliction, we do many times take up more readily a constant re∣solution, then in others that are much lighter?
PROB. 32. Wherefore are old men great talkers?
PROB. 33. Whence comes it, that in all kind of things, those that do but meanly in them, are more severe and rigid Judges of others, then those that excell therein, and hold the first rank?
PROB. 34. Whence comes it that it is so easie to blame and find fault, that the least able do it best, and that it is much more hard to commend?
PROB. 35. What is the reason that when the Winter hath been very cold, they commonly say the Summer that follows will be very hot?
PROB. 36. What is the reason that Fear makes ones hair stand on end?
PROB. 37. Whence comes it that many being in a frenzy, have spoke Latin or Greek, without having ever learned either of these languages?
PROB. 38. What is the reason that a too earnest entreaty makes us unwilling instead of inciting us to grant that which is desired of us?
PROB. 39. What are the causes of the marvelous things which we observe in the Silk-worm?
PROB. 40. Why are good men often-times subject to a light promptitude of Choler?
PROB. 41. Whence comes it that they say, The Love of Grand-fathers to their Grand-children, is greater then that of their Fathers?
PROB. 42. Why is it that a rare and eminent Ver∣tue which shines in a Prince, raises greater motions of Love in the lower sort of people, then in other men?
PROB. 43. What is the reason that Shame makes a redness to arise in the face?
PROB. 44. What is the reason that when we blush, it appears especially in the fore-head?
PROB. 45. What is the reason that praises make a man blush?
PROB. 46. What is the reason that a man laughs more at a pleasant jest, or a merry tale, when he himself that tells it, doth not laugh?
PROB. 47. Why do we laugh in seeing a thing very ill-favoured, since that which delights the mind, one would think ought to have in it some perfe∣ction?
PROB. 48. What is the reason that Man being inclined to flatter himself, doth nevertheless aggravate his own imperfection above the truth; as for example, in saying there is no∣thing but folly, and injustice, and ingratitude in the world?
PROB. 49. What is the reason that according to the common saying of the Poets and of Aristotle himself in the second book of his Politicks, Valiant and couragious persons are most subject to love?
PROB. 50. Whence comes that aversion to marri∣age of persons too near?
PROB. 51. Whence proceed the excessive heats of the Moneth of August, and the other effects which are attributed to the Dog-star?