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of the stones would come to rest in the center of the earth without ever
moving from its place (see note) unless taken by force. And they would all
hold themselves close together, one to other, each taking its own place
in the center of the earth. And if the stones were all
the same weight, they would all come there at the same
time, the one as quickly as the other. Because Nature
would not do it otherwise, causing one to come after the other.
You can see this plainly and without any error in this figure.
And if the stones were not equal in weight
at the place from which they fell,
the one that was heavier
would come to the center
of the earth sooner,
and the others would
land all around it. The portrayal of this is
plainly demonstrated in this figure.

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Marie Richards

original folio 38r
Walters folio 43r
BL Royal MS 19 A IX fols 43r-43v
Caxton, ed. Prior, pp. 55-56
Gossuin, ed. Prior, 97

Marie Richards

line 2: "selle", literally "seat"