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25 It is not only various and manifold, but also the quality of the waters is truly marvelous and almost divine. I think that nowhere on earth are there baths more adapted to fertility in women. And so since many barren women have come here because of sterility, they find out the marvelous quality of the waters; for they follow the prescriptions carefully, by which remedies are applied to those who cannot conceive. Among other things, this is worth recording: there is a vast multitude of nobility and common people who come two hundred miles to.

Men see their wives handled; they see them flirt with strangers, even en tete-a-tete, and they are unmoved by it. They are not surprised; they think it is all done with the best and most home-loving intentions. And so the name of a jealous husband, which weighs upon nearly all our husbands at home, has no place amongthem. The word is unknown, unheard, they do not know this kind of disease; they do not even have a name for this ailment and it is no wonder that its name does not exist among them when its substance is not there.

34 That you think my brother is not actually wicked relieves my mind; but I am surprised that he has so long remained lazy and out of work, without taking up any profession in which he might get ahead. It is hard enough for me to support myself without supporting him in idleness. But I hope that I shall soon know the whole story. I shall be ruled by your advice, since you have fought the same battle for a fairly long time. I am awaiting the Collector='s letters from the Curia,35 for I asked him to let me know about its condition and at the same time to communicate with my lord of Pisa36 and to write back to me what he thought I ought to do, for my heart is set on coming back.

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