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[53] Et tua, qua possum. Nothing could have been more happily conceived than this behaviour of Ariadne. The whole is so natural, and suits so well her present situation, that a reader is apt to think she could not have acted otherwise, and fancies that the same semiments must have occurred to every one on a like subject; a sure sign that the description is according to nature and truth. Horace admirably expresses this effect of just writing in the Art of Poetry. “Ut sibi quivis
Speret idem, sudet multum frustraque laloret
Ausus idem.

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