Article 10. Of a wonderfull Antipathy betweeen the Father and the Sonne.
THere was a Father that hated his child as much as some men do Cats; for if he were present, though he saw him not, he would swoond. Georgius Mylius, a Divine of Jena, related it. Libavius sought the cause diligently. And if the reason of antipathy in naturall things be worth enquiry, that is most worthy to be searched out, that is between children and parents. This is certain, that the cause of this discord cannot be found, nor in the rational nor the sensual part. For he wished his son no harm, nor can sympathy or antipathy be called love or hatred in parents. For they are to be found in things that are not living; and if they be in living creatures, they are not in them as they are living, but as they are natural, things. Yet because he did not abhor his other son, nor hate his off-spring, for which cause he married, it is certain that was no hereditary infirmity. It is pro∣bable, the son was changed into a disposition the father could not away with; and that might proceed from the seminary body ill disposed from the womb, or by the confluence of impure blood, that had in it some ground for this alteration, or from the blood the Em∣bryo was nourished with. For this growes divers from the matter of the nourishment, or may degenerate from some other inward cause, or from the place: sometimes the spirits that assist the blood and the whole nature, cause a change. Therefore either the mother had a great longing for some meat the father hated; or else she was frighted at something the father could not endure: To say nothing of the Midwife, or of hidden causes. So a Maid at Uratislavian, drank Cats blood, and became of a Cats qualities; and Faustina tasting the Fencers blood, had a son that was most cruell. If any think that a habit cannot be got by one act, he must know that is false of naturall powers; for they that of old were once taken into Trophonius his den, were wayward ever after; and a woman that fell into a Wolfs hole, grew hoary the same night.