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Chapter XVI.

A question on the changing character of the thoughts.

Germanus. How is it then, that even against our will, aye and without our knowledge idle thoughts steal upon us so subtilely and secretly that it is fearfully hard not merely to drive them away, but even to grasp and seize them? Can then a mind sometimes be found free from them, and never attacked by illusions of this kind?

Next: Chapter XVII. The answer what the mind can and what it cannot do with regard to the state of its thoughts.