This loadstone is under the care of certain astronomers, who, from time to time, give it such positions as the monarch directs.
And the king, when he is highest provoked, and most determined to press a city to rubbish, orders the island to descend with great gentleness, out of a pretence of tenderness to his people, but, indeed, for fear of breaking the adamantine bottom; in which case, it is the opinion of all their philosophers, that the loadstone could no longer hold it up, and the whole mass would fall to the ground.
As Plume explains, then, the "main part" of recruiting entails seducing women: "the Women, you know, are the Loadstones
everywhere--gain the Wives, and you're caress'd by the Husbands; please the Mistresses, and you are valu'd by their Gallants .
The "most mountainous oppression" exerted by the masterpieces of the "giant" predecessors indeed became Bloom's province of research, whose purpose was a world mapping of all the cultural and literary gold nuggets and veins and loadstones
that with the passage of time came to light naturally, and were then transferred from place to place, from author to author, at times through "noble contagion" being enhanced in value and power, at other times, through "falling into a ditch," being diminished and weakened, but at all times gradually and inescapably building up the canon, i.
T]here is a picture of a Gentleman that was a great benefactor to it being a cavalier, the frame of his picture is all wood carved very finely with all sorts of figures leaves birds beasts and flowers, he gave them a fine gold Meddals or silver gilt, with two fine great Chaines of the same, one was all curious hollow worke which were given to him by some prince beyond sea; there is a Cane which looks like a solid heavy thing but if you take it in your hands its as light as a feather, there is a dwarfe shoe and boote, there are several Loadstones
and it is pretty to see how the steele clings or follows it, hold it on top att some distance the needles stands quite upright hold it on either side it moves towards it as it rises and falls.