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[20] Improbe. Some commentators, out of a desire to distinguish themselves, have been very industrious to force a meaning upon these words far different from the notion which they naturally and at first sight convey. They will have it that improbus has sometimes the same signification with avidus; and that by it Phaon is here reproached as one, who, not content with a moderate share, had engrossed her affections, and robbed others of that part which they had in them. But there is little need of all this subtilty and refinement. Improl us is here put for malus; and she means to accuse Phaon of treachery in abandoning her.

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