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What evasions, subterfuges and delays! Hold! here is the sombre helmet of Pluto with its thick bristling plume; Hieronymus1 lends it to you; then open Sisyphus'2 bag of wiles; but hurry, hurry, pray, for discussion does not admit of delay.

1 A tragic poet; we know next to nothing of him or his works.

2 Son of Aeolus, renowned in fable for his robberies, and for the tortures to which he was put by Pluto. He was cunning enough to break loose out of hell, but Hermes brought him back again.

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