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[110] Invitam sic me nec. Helen still maintains the character of an admirable dissembler, and occasionally drops some expressions which seem to bespeak a steady and virtuous mind. If she was not able to conquer entirely her growing inclination for Paris, she yet pretends to struggle with spirit against it, and to retain that regard for Menelaus, which decency and her engagements required. She therefore prays Paris not to urge her to what was so contrary to her honor and duty, or to take advantage of the strong and seemingly irresistible inclination which she had for him. There is great artifice in this; for she insinuates, that it would not be in her power to hold out long, if he persisted in his solicitations; and, from what passed in her own mind, she did not believe that her faint entreaties would prevail upon him to desist.

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