Exposing a fraudulent astrologer, circa the 1670s.

Exposing a fraudulent astrologer in England, circa the 1670s.

The hero Hudibras wants advice on how best to woo a widow, but first he needs to assure himself the astrologer is ‘the real thing’. The astrologer has got some false information about Hudibras, by a roundabout route, and he feeds the information back to Hudibras in the guise of a supposed astrology reading. Thus the hero knows the astrologer to be a fraud. Hudibras holds them at bay with his sword, while his squire goes to fetch a constable. Illustration for Hudibras.

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