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[139] Quid bikulum. It is more, we see, from an apprehension of the impossibility of the thing, than any abhorrenes of the crime, that Helen shews so great a resistance. She looks upon it as a vain project to indulge a passion for a stranger, and like to yield to more profit, than ploughing up the sandy beach. Many obstacles would intervene to obstruct their happiness:--busy whispers, the suspicions of her husband, and the necessity of his speedy return to his own country; all which are represented with a happy vein of wit and fancy.

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