opinion, and betray an
imperfection in him who derides and jests.
opinion on which they rest is false, because it is supposed that he who is derided is the first cause of the effects which he produces, and that they do not necessarily (like the other things in Nature) depend on God. They betray an imperfection in the Derider; because either that which is derided is such that it is derisible, or it is not such. If it is not such, then it shows bad manners, to deride that which is not to be derided; if it is such, then they [who deride it] show thereby that they recognise some imperfection in that which they deride, which they ought to remedy, not by derision, but much rather by good reasoning.
[Note N1]: B continues thus: the laugher thereto without any reference to good or evil, and not at all of such laughter as is caused in him by the movement of the [vital] spirits; it was not our intention to speak of this. Again, ...