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antiqui, of the old stamp, i.e. plain, honest men.

ex sua natura, after their own nature.

ceteros, subj. of esse understood, depending on fingerent, imagined.

confirmaret, assured them.

re inorata, without having stated their case: the primary meaning of oro implies not entreaty, but statement or argument (cf. orator).

reverterunt: the active form of this verb is found only in the tenses of the perfect stem; otherwise it is deponent.

isti, i.e. Chrysogonus and Capito.

lentius, less energetically. (On account of the natural correlation of opposites, it is often convenient to translate adjectives and adverbs by the negative of their contraries.)

nihil agere, i.e. refrain from action.

deludere, [and thus] to make fools of the Amerians (by having rendered their whole embassy in effectual).

id quod, etc., as we may easily infer this point is an inference not, like the rest, an attested fact.

neque. and . . not, the negative qualifying posse: and judge that they can no longer, etc. In English the negative is placed near the verb; in Latin it is attracted by the connective, and so often stands at the beginning of the clause.

domino incolumi (abl. abs.), so long as the owner was alive.

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