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[175] Forsitan et. Ovid very happily introduces this sentiment here, than which nothing can be more natural and agreeable to experience. Medea was now cast off, and another received in her room. We may therefore easily suppose, that her thoughts would be full of the good fortune of her rival; she would be frequently imagining the lovers together, and fancying to herself what scenes might possibly pass between them. In this train of reflection it would naturally come into her mind, that their discourse must sometimes turn upon her; and as she was no stranger to the structure of the human heart, especially of a heart in love, she easily concludes, that Jason, upon these occasions, would endeavour to recommend himself to his new mistress, by depreciating and undervaluing her charms, and that she, on the other side, would feel a sensible joy to be thus preferred to her rival.

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