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Where the observations appeal

English translation: In cases where he finds the reported observations appealing

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English term or phrase:Where the observations appeal
Selected answer:In cases where he finds the reported observations appealing
Entered by: Charles Davis

11:38 May 7, 2017
English language (monolingual) [PRO]
General / Conversation / Greetings / Letters / history, 1600
English term or phrase: Where the observations appeal
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And yet, despite this surprising level of insight, Jerome often falls flat on his face – especially where animals are concerned. In 1605 Francis Bacon will publish a book called The Advancement of Learning in which he will berate Jerome – and Pliny and the Arabian diviners, to be fair – for lacking rigour in the study of natural history. “There hath not been that choice and judgement used as ought to have been,” Bacon says. There is, in Jerome’s writings, “much fabulous matter, a great part not only untried, but notoriously untrue…”
Bacon has a point. Jerome opines, for instance that Lithuanians “are the most voracious of men” thanks to the influence of Lithuanian wolverines, creatures with “the size of a dog, the face of a cat, the back and tail of a fox, rough and tough feet and claws, and teeth too.”
WHERE THE OBSERVATIONS APPEAL, Jerome eagerly swallows and repeats second or third hand reports. Pliny’s observation that “an elephant making its way onto a ship demands an oath that it will return,” is one. In fact, Jerome seems to be utterly credulous where elephants are concerned.
They are, he tells readers of On Subtlety, “sensitive to pity, and revere a king.” Moreover, elephants “recognise and enforce an oath, and worship the stars, and feel distress for themselves; they recognise their driver, and extract vengeance from those who have harassed them unfairly, and appear to fall short of humanity only in lacking speech, since many human beings appear more savage than elephants in their practice and their movements.”
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In cases where he finds the reported observations appealing
Explanation:
"Appeal", I think, means "appeal to him" (Jerome), meaning that he finds them attractive or interesting in some way, possibly because they confirm his preconceptions.

So the writer is saying that Jerome is particularly credulous, willing to believe and reproduce fantastic and presumably unfounded observations that others have reported, when he likes what is reported.
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Charles Davis
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where the observations appeal
In cases where he finds the reported observations appealing


Explanation:
"Appeal", I think, means "appeal to him" (Jerome), meaning that he finds them attractive or interesting in some way, possibly because they confirm his preconceptions.

So the writer is saying that Jerome is particularly credulous, willing to believe and reproduce fantastic and presumably unfounded observations that others have reported, when he likes what is reported.

Charles Davis
Spain
Local time: 00:22
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Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Jack Doughty
1 min
  -> Thanks!

agree  Michael Powers (PhD)
4 mins
  -> Thanks, Mike!

agree  Yasutomo Kanazawa
1 hr
  -> Thanks, Yasutomo-san. Have a good Sunday!

agree  AllegroTrans
1 hr
  -> Thanks!

agree  Tina Vonhof
4 hrs
  -> Thank you, Tina :)

agree  acetran
21 hrs
  -> Thanks, acetran :)

agree  Morad Seif
21 hrs
  -> Thanks, Morad :)

agree  Tony M: Yes, where it re-inforces his existing ideas, for example.
23 hrs
  -> Exactly. Thanks, Tony!
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