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You're a brave reader Hydra, but I read on page 4 that wine or the herb 'Tortocolla' have the same effect as the 36 pages.
I've not been able to trace the 'Tortocolla' yet, but wine is allround available.

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The Anatomy of Melancholy by Robert Burton

It eludes me why anyone would read about melancholy at the start of winter... when getting melancholy is easy enough without help!

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I write of melancholy, by being busy to avoid melancholy.

—Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy (1625)

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A bit late, but I want to let you know that I've put the online book in my favorite list at least. As I still haven't found the herb 'tortocolla' who knows I might need it one day. And I like the look of the old print really.

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Do, BranShea! It's a wonderful book.

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Originally Posted By: BranShea
A bit late, but I want to let you know that I've put the online book in my favorite list at least. As I still haven't found the herb 'tortocolla' who knows I might need it one day. And I like the look of the old print really.


Are you sure that 'tortocolla' is an herb? I thought it was a kale or collard green, popular in S. America.

São Miguel do Rio Torto is a Portuguese parish, located in the municipality of Abrantes, in district of Santarém. It stands on the left bank of the river Tagus. The parish has a population of 3,422 inhabitants and a total area of 52.25 Km².

The parish is located in the western part of the municipality, neighbouring the parishes of São Vicente, São João, Rossio ao Sul do Tejo, Pego, São Facundo, Bemposta and Tramagal and with the municipality of Constância.


Collards, also called collard greens or borekale (Brassica oleracea Acephala Group), are various loose-leafed cultivars of the cabbage plant. The plant is grown for its large, dark-colored, edible leaves and as a garden ornamental, mainly in Brazil, Portugal, the Southern United States, many parts of Africa, Montenegro, Spain and in Kashmir as well. They are classified in the same cultivar group as kale and spring greens, to which they are extremely similar genetically.

The plant is also called couve in Brazil, couve-galega in Portugal, (col) berza in Spanish-speaking countries and Raštan in Montenegro. The name collard is said to derive from Anglo-Saxon coleworts or colewyrts ("cabbage plants"). It is also said that collard is a pidginized version of colored.

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For this , Mr Eastcourt you might go back to the fourth post from the beginning of this tread. Then click on the second underlined 'here'. You get this book, scroll down to page 4. Then one third from the top of the page you will see for yourself. I don't think it is a cabbage variety because the word herb does not stand for a vegetable.

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"For this , Mr Eastcourt you might go back to the fourth post from the beginning of this tread [sic]."

Prove to me that tortocolla is an herb, Sir. If so, I will eat it with my crow pie.

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And as wine produceth divers effects, or that herb Tortocolla in [2454]Laurentius, which makes some laugh, some weep, some sleep, some dance, some sing, some howl, some drink, &c. so doth this our melancholy humour work several signs in several parties.


the evidence is pretty flimsy, as the only place I find 'Tortocolla' at all is in Burton, as above.

on the other hand, there is *nothing that says cabbage, unless you have something more than what you quoted above in teal/green. (Torto collard is an iffy connection.)

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So, So, sorry about the colours but I am still trying to figure posting options with the little time I have between work, play,and farm chores. So........I type. I do so for the 51 anonymous online users; none of whom will ever post, none of whom will ever participate, and none of whom care to be exhumed by the 'carpal tunnel's' and their unabridged sense of humor..

I say that Burton is a fool, a liar and a scorbutic charlatan.
He knows not his herb. There is not, nor has there ever been an herb called 'tortocolla'. I'll bet the farm.

-bill (Parsley Flat Farm) gannon-

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