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[83] Fortius ille potest. The sentiment is beautiful, and happy beyond expression. Laodamia had felt the power of Protesilaus in the combats of love, and, as she found her heart wholly devoted to him, might easily think him invincible in that respect. But to his talent for war she was quite a stranger, and was, moreover, desirous that his inclinations might not lead him to it, lest it should prompt him to expose himself too much to danger. We shall see that Protesilaus distinguished himself no less by his bravery, than by his turn for gallantry.

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