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[267] Nostra per has leges. Paris, after enumerating these examples, speaks of his own courage as no way inferior, if he had a proper field for its exertion. However, like one expert in the art of insinuating himself into the favor of the softer sex, he has recourse to prayers and flattery, and paints the violence of his passion with all the lively strokes he is able to collect. But before he comes to the point, that he might by degrees prepare her for so open a discovery of his intentions, he endeavours to make her believe that he was moved to address her by a heavenly impulse; and that to resist would be opposing the will of the Fates. This was well imagined by the poet; who (since it was not his design to represent Helen as a vicious abandoned character, but as one who, having naturally something soft and amorous in her complexion, was gained over by flattery and an insinuating address) found it necessary to give this turn to the matter, that Helen might not be too much shocked at the proposal, or reject the lover's addresses with indignation and disdain.

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