When you have for some time used yourself to push and parry at the Wall, according to the Rules that Ihave laid down, you must, (tho’ ’tis not the Rule of Schools, especially when you push with Strangers,)you mustI say, when you push with a Scholar of your own Master, push and parry a Thrust alternately, disengaging, and then do the same Feinting, and sometime after you shou’d make the other Thrusts, telling one another yourdesign, which makes you executeandparry them by Rule, especially ifyoureflecton theMotions and Postures of the Lunges and Parades. Being a littleformed to this method, you may, being warned of the Thrust, parry it,tellingthe Adversary whereyouintendyour Riposte, which puts him in a conditiontoavoid it, andgives him room to redouble after his Parade, either strait or by a Feint, at which you are notsurprised, expecting by being forewarned the Thrust he is to make, whichputs you easily onyourDefence and Offence: by this manner of Exercise, you may not only improvefaster, but with moreart, the Eye and Parts being insensibly disposedto follow the Rule, whereaswithout this Method,the differencethat thereisbetweena lessonof assaulting aMan who forewarns you, helps you, and lets you hit him, and another whoendeavoursto defend himself and hit you, is, thatexcept the Practice of Lessons be very well taught by long exercise, you fall into a Disorder which is often owing to the want of Art more than to any Defect inNature. The taking a Lesson well, and theManner of Pushing and Parrying which I have just described, may be attained to by Practice only, but some other things are necessary to make an Assault well; for besides the Turn of the Body, the Lightness, Suppleness and Vigour whichcomposethe exteriour Part, you must bestout andprudent, qualities so essential, that without them you cannot act with a good Grace, nor to the purpose. If you are apprehensive, besides, that you don’t push home, or justly, fear making youkeepback your Thrust,or followthe Blade, the least Motion of the Enemy disorders you, and puts you out of a Condition to hithim, and to avoid his Thrusts. Without Prudence, you cannot take the advantage ofthe situation,motions designs of the enemy, whichchangingvery often, according tohis Capacity and to the Measure,demonstrates that an ill concerted Enterprise exposes more to Danger than it procures Advantage: inorder to turn this Quality to an advantage, you are to observe the Enemy’s fort and feeble,whetherheattack or defend; if he attack it will be either by plain Thrusts strait, or disengaged, or by Feints or Engagements, which may be opposed by Time, or Ripostes: if he keeps on hisDefence, it is either to takethe Timeor to Riposte. In case of thefirst; you shou’d, by halfThrusts, oblige him to push in order to take a Counter to his Time, and if hesticks tohis Parade you must serve in what Manner, in order to disorder him by Feints, and pushwhere he givesLight.
That my soul is a dark forest. That my known self will never be more than a little clearing in the forest. That gods come forth from the forest into the clearing of my known self, and then go back. That I must have the courage to let them come and go. That I will try always to recognize and submit to them.