18th century heroes

I hear you, George Frederick Handel, greatest
charlatan ever caught inside the Old
Testament. The glory of the Lord
shall be revealed, a virgin shall conceive,
and unto us such glorious strains are borne;
Hallelujah! Messiah, a Worthy Admiral of the Fleet!

You too Lord Horatio Nelson, greatest
charlatan ever found inside an old
man’s wife: Emma, the certified non-
virgin conceived just as well. The Nile,
the grand Atlantic chase, Trafalgar – bandages
on the rotting wounds of a moral amputee.

Bonnet, ’45, discovered parthenogenesis.
(Yes, Will, what must Diderot have said?*)

*Durant, The Age of Voltaire

Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, 1982