Lis est cum forma magna pudicitiae. This is a general observation, and has so far gained ground, especially among poets, that they make no scruple to take it for an undoubted maxim. There may, however, be some ground to question its justness. Beauty, indeed, ever attracts the attention of the world; and they who re distinguished by it, are more exposed to attacks and solicitations; besides that a false step, in them, is always more noticed, and makes a greater noise than in another. Hence both history and private observation often furnish more examples of frailty in great beauties, than in those of a less remarkable character. This has given occasion to men of wit to throw that reproach upon beauty itself, which is merely imputable to some accidental circumstances, which for the most part accompany it.
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