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[129] Succense nimium miki. It is pleasing to trace Helen through all the windings and turnings of her affection, and observe how she gradually rises in her advances to her lover. She owns that she is pleased with the promise made to him by Venus, and wishes it to have been true. She even proceeds so far as to shew an anxiety, lest he should be offended at her backwardness to credit his relation; and, to soften the matter, pretends that she considered it as an affair of too great moment to be rashly believed, because a disappointment would expose her to the most cruel mortifications.

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