Let us now consider his [Cupid’s] attributes. He is described with great elegance as a little child, and a child for ever; for things compounded are larger and are affected by age; whereas the primary seeds of things, or atoms, are minute and remain in perpetual infancy. Most truly also is he represented as naked: for all compounds (to one that considers them rightly) are masked and clothed; and there is nothing properly naked, except the primary particles of things. Bacon lists Cupid’s attributes in order to: show that Cupid is real. prove that Cupid is a child. disprove the existence of the atom. compare them to the features of the atom

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