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    Alchimist, Lauchimist, Lachrymist

    "Rosarium Philosophorum"

    "...three sorts of labourers according to the art of Alchemy, that is the Alchimist, the Lauchimist, and the Lachrymist..."
    Can someone versed in multiple languages (Latin/German maybe?) help me out here...

    How would you interpret this?

    What is being implied?

    What does the prefix lauch- mean?

    What does the prefix lachry- mean?


    Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schmuldvich View Post
    Can someone versed in multiple languages (Latin/German maybe?) help me out here...

    How would you interpret this?

    What is being implied?

    What does the prefix lauch- mean?

    What does the prefix lachry- mean?


    Thank you!
    Schmuldvich, maybe the following helps:

    Sabato is, like the alchemist adept, "the alchimist, the lauchimist, and the lachrymist." As "alchimist" he possesses all the qualities of a good alchemist, tenacity, the courage to face his unconscious, the love of books, the humility and the integrity to accept maleficent criticism, discretion and, above all, the extraordinary faith in man, that man who is "the center of all fiction", since "there are no novels of tables or gastropods" (p.220) and that, as such, contains the qualities of the stone at the top of oppositions. As "lauchimist" is, in the allusion to lead, his alter ego Seth: "He was furious with everyone and with himself ... returned to his couch where he sank as if weighed double or triple" (p 45). But he is also the skeptic who laughs hysterically at the alchemist Citronenbaum and the clown who imitates Quique: "He imitated Quique by talking about necrologies, he told jokes, he recalled comic anecdotes from the time he taught mathematics, they found him better than ever, of vitality and energy "(p.101).

    And as "lachrymist" is the Sabato who "cries" both the outrage of the "groping" to be a public man, as the albedo that constitutes the balsam vitae in the reintegration of his double, the other "vos". Abaddon, the exterminator is the gift that was given to our character Sabato. His mission is to reveal it to us despite the difficulties of the long road. Again and again, Sabato struggles, as well as the followers, against the obstacles imposed on him, from the flaws of the typewriter to the correspondence response. Jung testifies to the match with the alchemist"


    Ref: http://www.uam.mx/difusion/revista/j.../pariente.html

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