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[105] Priums de mille. Helen, while she is seemingly endeavouring to convince Paris of the impossibility of what he aims at, still goes on to give him all th proofs of her affection that he could wish for, and thus artfully encourages his hopes that he may one day bring her to yield to his utmost wishes. Had you addressed me (say she) while I was yet under no engagement, and free to bestow my heart wherever my inclinations led me, you would have gained the prize from a thousand suitors, and Menelaus himself must have justified my choice.

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