84 THE ARTE OR CRAFTE OF RHETHORYKE
suche expoficion to declare and proue the fayd expoficion true / with as many argumentes as we can.
Thyrdely to ioyne our dede with the expoficion / & to fhew that we onely dyd obferue the very entent of the lawe. Than to refell the expoficion of our aduerfaries / & to fhew that theyr expoficion is contrary to reafo/z and equitie / and that no wyfe man wyll fo take the law as they expounde it /and that the expoficion is neither honeft nor profytable / [E viii b] and to confter theyr expoficion with cures / and to fhew that oures conteyneth the veritie and theyrs is falce. Oures honeft / reafonable / & profitable : Theyrs clene contrarye. And then ferche out lyke examples / either of greater maters or of leffe / or els of egall maters / and to manifeft by them / that our mynde is the very truthe.
Contrary lawes are where the tone femeth euidently to contrarye the other. As yf a law were that he whom his father hath forfaken for his fonne / fhall in no wyfe haue any porcion of his fathers goodes. And an other lawe / that who fo euer in tyme of tempeft abydeth in the fhyp : fhall haue the fhyp and goodes. Then pofe that one whiche was of his father fo abiecte & denyed for his chylde : was in a fhyp of his fathers in tyme of fore wether / and whan al other for feare of lefynge themfelfe forfoke the fhyp and gate them into the bote : he onely abode / and by chaunce was fafe brought into the hauen / wherupon he chalengeth the velfel for his /where as the party defendant wyll lay agaynft hym that he is abdi- cate or forfake// of his father / and fo can nat by the lawe haue any parte of his goodes. Here muft he fay agayn for hym that this law alleged doth all only priuate horn theyr fathers goodes fuche as be abdicate & yet [F i a] wolde chalenge a part as his children / but that he doth nat fo / but requireth to haue the fhyp / nat as a fon to his father : but as any other ftraunger myght / feyng the law gyueth hym the fhyp that abydeth in her in tyme of neceffity. And fo the handelyng of this ftate / eyther to deny one of /^e lawes and fhewe that it 1 hathe bene afore anulled / or els to expounde it after the fence that is mete to our purpofe.
Doubtful wrytynge is where either the mynde of the author femeth to be contrary to that that is wryten / which fom call wryt- ynge & fentence / or els it is whan the wordes may be expounded dyuers wayes.
1 B. inserts it.