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Alciato's Book of Emblems

Emblem 62

Another, on the bat

It flies only in the evening, it is half-blind in the light. Though it bears wings, it has other characteristics of a mouse. The bat is interpreted in several ways. First, it signifies debtors, who are hidden and who fear judgment. And then philosophers, who while they seek heavenly things, are dim in their eyes and see only false things. And, finally, the cunning who, when they might secretly follow both sides, gain the trust of neither.