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[255] Ah nimium simplex Helene. We have here a collection of those arguments and deluding speeches, with which men of gallantry in all ages have attempted to seduce the fair. That shame and reluctance which she would be apt to feel upon his proposal, he ascribes to simplicity, and want of knowledge of the world. Beauty, he tells her, was formed for soft and tender compliances; and the practice even of the Gods might convince her that it was no crime. He farther urges her from the fair opportunity they had by the absence of her husband; whom he endeavours to depreciate, and make appear contemptible. In a word, importunity and opportunity, the two grand engines established by men of elegance and art in this way of passion, are here played off to the utmost.

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