The Anatomy of Melancholy, 184: Pt. I, Sec. II, Subsect. II. – A Digression of the Nature of Spirits, Bad Angels, or Devils, and how they cause Melancholy

A of M 184

So… I was going to wait a bit to get back into this whole drawing, Anatomy of Melancholy, thinking, writing thing – wait until life settled down – but I dunno, I missed it. So here is today’s quote:

[Facius Cardan] asked them many questions, and they made ready answer, that they were aerial devils, that they lived and died as men did, save that they were far longer lived, (seven or eight hundred years); they did as much excel men in dignity as we do juments.

Once upon a time I promised to read 2-3 pages a day (HA) and post a drawing every day. Realistically it’s more like 2-3 pages and 2-3 drawings a week now, because this book is so damned good and it takes that much time and doodling to process it. Plus I’m busy. Busier than I thought I could ever be without losing my mind. So anyhow… read along with me?

2-3 pages a week is a pretty low bar. I might even finish this thing before I die.


This post is part of a long, tedious, and very illustrated read-along of Robert Burton’s The Anatomy of Melancholy. More info here and follow along on Facebook here. Illustrations posted via devon_isadevon on Instagram.


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