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[146] Difficilem culpoe suspicor. The poet paints after truth and nature: and therefore his sentiments are just, and what every one's experience will teach him. It is certain that they who have been trained up to virtue, are very much shocked at the first advances to vice. They feel a reluctance which disquiets and makes them unhappy, and are apt to fancy that every thing betrays them. Helen very naturally descabes this to be the case with her. Although no particular familiarities had passed between her and Paris, yet, being conscious of what was likely to happen, she already imagines that it had taken air. Guilt made her quick-sighted in observing every nod and whisper. Looks and gestures that at another time would have passe: unobserved, are now construed to have a meaning. Nothing could have been more finely conceived.

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