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William Blake Comic Book: A Memorable Fancy Comic pg 11

Hi, fellows! Wow, that was a long week, wasn't it?

But here I am with a freshly scanned and toned page for your perusal. Please enjoy!

William Blake and 1790s astronomy is an interesting mix, as you'll find out in today's and the next couple of pages. Heliocentrism had been banished from scientific thought many, many centuries previous, along with the flat earth but I think that the "Four Humours" theory was still going strong. I remember Coleridge mentioned the humours a bunch in his "Treatise on Method" but man that was tough to read. I gave up about 3 or four chapters in.

I like Coleridge's poetry fine but his "Treatise" ... check this out:

First, the references, instead of being collected in one appropriate index, or at least in some known portion of the work, are scattered throughout the whole 3 and this is no slight annoyance, when a scientific term happens to have many synonyms, as, for instance. Azote, Nitrogen, Phlogisticated Air, &c. Secondly, the references must eventually lead the reader through as many volumes, as those other words happen to be placed in, which are necessary to be previously understood in order to a tolerable comprehension of the term first sought.
I mean, to follow along you have to have a good understanding of 18th century science. Who knows nowadays what "Phlogiston" is? (I had to look it up)

So maybe there's a lesson there, about using science in your stories. Eventually what is firm and proven on scientific grounds will be overturned by the research of one or two hundred years and people will goof on you for what you wrote.

Okay gotta get back to #Inktober! Have a good weekend, fellows!

Comic transcript

You're reading a page from a comic book entitled William Blake, Man of Action!! It's based on William Blake's poem "A Memorable Fancy" from his larger work "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell". I'll be posting a page a week, and the first page of A Memorable Fancy is here. Alternately , you can check out the archive to jump to different pages. Please leave a comment if you like it, or don't!

William Blake says "By force I suddenly caught her in my arms, and flew westerly through the night till we were elevated above the earth's shadow."

William Blake, never having had the benefit of seeing the triumphant picture of the earth from lunar orbit, could only imagine escaping earth as speeding off towards a point in the night sky. Anyway he grabs the angel and they fly off into space, away from the earth.

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