I asked again:
"Tell me, most loving Father, why and for what purpose did you ask me to read the above things, since they are totally enigmatic? I had promised to my Confreres, your Disciples, a Revelation of your Enigmas and Secrets. How can I keep my promises now, unless you mercifully unravel these Enigmas for us?"
Doctor Illuminatus replied:
"My Son, the things you read are not Enigmas, but literal meanings to those who know how to read this Book: now you tell me, is it enigmatic to say 'magnets attract iron'?
"No, it is rather a literal meaning."
"But when I say that magnets attract iron, do you understand thereby that scammony purges choler? Not at all, unless you know my Art that gives you lenses so that you can see a hundred or even a thousand things in one, and one thing in a hundred or a thousand. Do you not know that whatever is in the center touches all the radii that extend to the circumference, and whatever is in the circumference can arrive at the same center through any one of the radii. And here is one of the greatest secrets, namely the way of converting literal and metaphorical meanings: now if I say that magnets attract iron, then the literal meaning is that magnets attract iron and the metaphorical meaning is that scammony purges choler. But if I say that scammony purges choler, then the metaphorical meaning is transmuted into a literal meaning and the literal meaning is transmuted into a metaphorical one; because by saying that scammony purges choler, I metaphorically mean that magnets attract iron: and my Son, you must know that the literal meaning is the center and the metaphorical meanings are radii that flow from the center to the circumference; and as there can be countless radii drawn from one center, countless metaphorical meanings can likewise flow from a single literal meaning. Now every literal meaning in any one Science has its parallel metaphorical meanings in other Sciences. (Doctor Illum. Lib. de Grad. Med. Dist. 1. cap. 5. Dist. 5. cap. 16. Dist. 6. cap. 20) And this is an awesome Secret, about which more will be said further on in the Revelation of the Secrets of my Rhetoric.
Now the reason and purpose for which I asked you to read the above chapter is that it contains the entire System that I intend to reveal in what follows. It contains the entire Arcanum of created nature in a literal sense and the entire Arcanum of uncreated nature in a metaphorical sense. So I suggest that you challenge the Reformers of my Art and Science to explain just this one chapter to you and to demonstrate to you the meaning I intended to convey."
"I might have some difficulty in obtaining this from them, but it is very easy to get it from you, most excellent Teacher, who indeed can know the meaning of your books better than you? But what can we, your Disciples, obtain from understanding such a great Book that you have deigned to bring to us?"
"My Son, through this book, 'man can obtain sensual and intellectual health and be cured of sensual and intellectual illness'" (Vol. Contemp. cap. 366)
"Father, you are telling us to hope for great things, but there is one thing that I want to know, but am afraid to ask."
"Do not be afraid, my Son, I will not hide anything from you."
"Since such great controversy arose between myself and some of your Disciples and other writers who deny that you ever taught the Art of becoming wealthy, I ask you now to settle this conflict for us: would such an Art not be included in this Book? Now as this Book is yours without any doubt, the whole matter can be settled at once."
"Of course, my Son, if someone made the top rung of a ladder, he would not omit making the bottom rung unless he wanted to leave the ladder unfinished; and so you can be sure 'that this Book is good for increasing and multiplying the Honor of the Holy Church of Rome and its Power and Wealth; this Honor, Power and Wealth is currently in a potential state and NB this book provides the preparation and training needed to bring them into act, and this is why this Book should be remembered, understood and loved for its goodness.' (Vol. Cont. dicto cap. 366) Now what more can you ask me for, my Son, than what I bequeathed to you in this Book, namely Wisdom? Since 'Length of days is in her right hand,' She will give you sensual and intellectual health, and since 'riches and glory' are in her left hand (Proverbs 3 v 16), She will open sensual and intellectual treasures to you.
"Wouldn't this increase in wealth be merely a moral one, and not physical, i.e. produced through industriousness and good economics? (Our speculative friends may raise this objection).
"My Son, in this book I also teach the Art of physical healing, and you will find its secrets scattered throughout the book so that anyone wanting to learn this in particular can do so in this book, if he understands the book, and likewise in this book I teach the Art of becoming wealthy since the knowledge of these two things is closely connected to both; and you cannot have either unless you have acquired perfect knowledge of natural Analysis and Synthesis that you will find fully expounded in this book, as well as the form on which the whole figure of intentional Analysis and Synthesis is built, and I will explain the latter more clearly in what follows.