The Dial

 

The pattern of the message in The Tempest indicates both NBW and WBN, so that the dial set to both would appear as follows:

 

 

The Message "SIT THE DIAL AT NBW, F. BACON, TOBEY" is spelled out with the first letters of the respective lines:

 

A Art ignorant of what thou art. naught knowing

O Of whence I am: nor that I am more better

 

T Then Prospero, Mafter of a full poore cell,

A And thy no greater Father.

Mira. More to know

D Did neuer medle with my thoughts.

Pros. 'Tis time

I I fshould informe thee farther: Lend thy hand

A And plucke my Magick garment from me: So,

L Lye there my Art: wipe thou thine eyes, haue comfort,

THE The direfull fpectacle of the wracke which touch'd

T The very vertue of compaffion in thee:

I I haue with fuch prouifion in mine ART

S So fafely ordered, that there is no foule

N No not fo much perdition as an hayre

B Betid to any creature in the veffell

W Which thou heardft cry, which thou faw'st finke: Sit

F For thou muft now know farther. downe,

Mira. You haue often

B Begun to tell me what I am, but ftopt

A And left me to a booteleffe inquisition,

CON Concluding, ftay, not yet. Prof. The howr's now come

T The very minute byds thee ope thine eare,

OBEY Obey, and be attentiue. Canft thou remember

 

A A time before we came vnto this Cell?

I I doe not thinke thou canft,for then thou wast not

 

 

The reason for including the "AO" and "AI" in the message is that this

seems to be a portion of a larger message. The Great Folio of 1623

has two columns of text on each page, and the message is as follows:

 

Page 1-Column 2

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D

U

Page 2-Column 1 Page 2-Column 2 Page 3-Column 1

--------------- --------------- ---------------

O

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T

W

H O

I S

T O

W

B

O

T

T

A

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A

O

T

A

D

I

A

L

THE

T

I

S

N

B

W

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F B

B T A

A W N

CON O I

T A TO

OBEY LIKE

A

I

N

B

W

 

The NBW on page 2, column 2 is after the "AI" and indicates that

it is part of the message, thus indicating the "AO" at the

beginning was also part of the message.

 

Experiment 846 of Bacon's SYLVA SYLVARUM is as follows:

 

"The differences of impressible and not impressible; figurable and

not figurable; mouldable and not mouldable; scissible and not

scissible; and many other passions of matter, are plebeian notions,

applied unto the instruments and uses which men ordinarily practise;

but they are all but the effects of some of these causes following,

which we will enumerate without applying them, because they would

be too long.

 

The first is the cession or not cession of bodies into a smaller

space or room, keeping the outward bulk, and not flying up. The

second is the stronger or weaker appetite in bodies to continuity,

and to fly discontinuity. The third is the disposition of bodies

to contract, or not contract, and again, to extend, or not extend.

The fourth is the small quantity of great quantity or the pneuma-

tical in bodies. The fifth is the nature of the pneumatical,

whether it be native spirit of the body, or common air.

 

The sixth is the nature of the native spirits in the body, whether

they be active and eager, or dull and gentle. The seventh is the

emmission or detention of the spirits in bodies. The eighth is

the dilation or contraction of the spirits in bodies, while they

are detained. The ninth is the collocation of the spirits in

bodies; whether the collocation be equal or unequal; and again,

whether the spirits be coacervate or diffused.

 

The tenth is the density or rarity of the tangible parts. The

eleventh is the equality or inequality of the tangible parts.

The thirteenth is the nature of the matter, whether sulphureous

or mercurial, watery or oily, dry and terrestrial, or moist and

liquid; which natures of sulphureous and mercurial, seem to be

natures radical and principal. The fourteenth is the placing of

the tangible parts in length, or transverse (as it is in the

warp and woof of textiles); more inward or more outward, &c.

The fifteenth is the porosity or imporosity betwixt the tangible

parts, and the greatness or smallness of the pores. The sixteenth

is the collocation and posture of the pores. There may be more

causes; but these do occur for the present."

 

This gives 24, if spirits are counted as one, and 32 using a full

count, thus combining the number of letters in the alphabet then

in use, and the number of directions in a compass dial. Following

Bacon's enumeration it seems logical to list the alphabet as I

have listed it in the following table. This gives a 32 character

alphabet which has the order:

 

ACEGIIIIILNPRTVYBDFHKKKKKMOQSUXZ

 

arrived at by listing the qualities from 1 to 16 as Bacon

enumerates them and then proceeding on from 17 to 32:

 

1 17

A B

1. 1. CESSION NOT CESSION

 

2 18

C D

2. 2. CONTINUITY NOT CONTINUITY

 

3 19

E F

3. 3. CONTRACTING NOT CONTRACTING

 

4 20

G H

4. 4. PNEUMATIC NOT PNEUMATIC

 

5 21

I K

5. 5. NATIVE SPIRITS NOT NATIVE SPIRITS

 

6 22

I K

6. ACTIVE SPIRITS NOT ACTIVE SPIRITS

 

7 23

I K

7. EMISSION OF SPIRITS NOT EMISSION OF SPIRITS

 

8 24

I K

8. DILATION OF SPIRITS NOT DILATION OF SPIRITS

 

9 25

I K

9. COLLATION OF SPIRITS NOT COLLATION OF SPIRITS

 

10 26

L M

10. DENSITY NOT DENSITY

 

11 27

N O

11. 7. EQUALITY NOT EQUALITY

 

12 28

P Q

12. 8. DIGESTION NOT DIGESTION

 

13 29

R S

13. 9. SULPHUREOUS NOT SULPHUREOUS

 

14 30

T U

14. 10. INWARD NOT INWARD

 

15 31

V X

15. 11. POROSITY NOT POROSITY

 

16 32

Y Z

16. 12. COLLOCATION NOT COLLOCATION

 

These can then be used to construct a "dial" by listing the 32 compass directions in a fixed format on the outside, and having two movable alphabet wheels on the inside.

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