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Vice in its Proper Shape

Vice in its Proper Shape by Unknown
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Cautionary tales of the transmigration of the souls of naughty boys and girls, as elucidated by the mysterious Bramin, Mr Wiseman: “Having been gifted with the faculty of distinguishing those animals which are now animated by the souls of such human beings as formerly degraded themselves to a level with the unthinking brutes, I have taken the pains to provide a collection of beasts, birds, &c. most of which are inhabited by the souls of some naughty masters or misses, who died in the neighbourhood.” (David Barnes, quoting the Introduction)

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[Illustration: FRONTISPIECE.]

VICE IN ITS PROPER SHAPE; OR, THE Wonderful and Melancholy TRANSFORMATION OF SEVERAL NAUGHTY MASTERS AND MISSES INTO THOSE Contemptible ANIMALS which they most resemble in Disposition.

Printed for the Benefit of all GOOD BOYS and GIRLS.

THE FIRST WORCESTER EDITION.

PRINTED at WORCESTER, Massachusetts , BY ISAIAH THOMAS, Sold at his BOOKSTORE, and by THOMAS and ANDREWS in BOSTON.

MDCCLXXXIX.

INTRODUCTION.

It was the opinion of the wise Pythagoras , and of some other philosophers, that the souls of men, women, and children, after their death, are sent into other human bodies, and sometimes into those of beasts and birds, or even insects; and that they hereby change their residence either to their advantage or disadvantage, according to their good or ill behaviour in their preceding state of existence. This singular opinion still prevails in some part of the Eastindies; and that to such a degree that they make it criminal to put any animal to death: "For how do... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - November 23, 2012
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This is a short interesting read intended to scare children into being good.


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