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[79] Tantaque vincendi cura est. There is nothing in which women desire more to excel than beauty; and we generally find that to detract from their merit in this instance, is an offence they can never forgive. The poets have been so sensible of this, that they represent even the Goddesses themselves, as not altogether exempt from this weakness. The affront given to Pallas and Juno by the decision of Paris in favor of Venus, was resented by those two Goddesses upon the whole nation of the Trojans; and their anger was not appeased before at length they had over-turned that ancient kingdom.

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