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offer upon some other day: but I would not have Sagredus of­
fended at this digression.

SAGR. I am rather very much pleased with it, for that I re­
member that when I studied Logick, I could never comprehend that
so much cry'd up and most potent demonstration of Aristotle.

SALV. Let us go on therefore; and let Simplicius, tell me
what that motion is which the stone maketh that is held fast in the
slit of the sling, when the boy swings it about to throw it a great
way?

SIMP. The motion of the stone, so long as it is in the slit, is
circular, that is, moveth by the arch of a circle, whose stedfast
centre is the knitting of the shoulder, and its semi-diameter the arm
and stick.

SALV. And when the stone leaveth the sling, what is its mo­
tion? Doth it continue to follow its former circle, or doth it go
by another line?

SIMP. It will continue no longer to swing round, for then it
would not go farther from the arm of the projicient, whereas
we see it go a great way off.

SALV. With what motion doth it move then?

SIMP. Give me a little time to think thereof; For I have ne­
ver considered it before.

SALV. Hark hither, Sagredus; this is the Quoddam reminisci
in a subject well understood. You have paused a great while,
Simplicius.

SIMP. As far as I can see, the motion received in going out of
the sling, can be no other than by a right line; nay, it must ne­
cessarily be so, if we speak of the pure adventitious impetus. I
was a little puzled to see it make an arch, but because that arch
bended all the way upwards, and no other way, I conceive that

that incurvation cometh from the gravity of the stone, which na­
turally draweth it downwards. The impressed impetus, I say,
without respecting the natural, is by a right line.

The motion im­
pressed by the pro­
jicient is onely by a
right line.

SALV. But by what right line? Because infinite, and towards
every side may be produced from the slit of the sling, and from the
point of the stones separation from the sling.

SIMP. It moveth by that line which goeth directly from the
motion which the stone made in the sling.

SALV. The motion of the stone whilst it was in the slit, you
have affirmed already to be circular; now circularity opposeth
directness, there not being in the circular line any part that is di­
rect or streight.

SIMP I mean not that the projected motion is direct in re­
spect of the whole circle, but in reference to that ultimate point,
where the circular motion determineth. I know what I would