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[123] Ut me.] Helen here speaks of Venus's promise to Paris, as a circumstance too much to her honor to be hastily credited. We see confirmed by this a common observation made upon the sex; that they are generally more concerned for the reputation of beauty, than virtue. Helen's fancy is so full of the imaginary honor done her by the Goddess, in preferring her beauty to that of every other woman, that she does not consider how far it implied infidelity to her husband, and breach of the marriage vow.

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