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[153] Maior non maxima. Helen is now disposed to approve his passion, and to allow him whatever liberties he could take with prudence. Paris had told her, that Menelaus by his own behaviour urged her to a compliance, as his absence afforded her the best opportunity in the world, to indulge the stolen delights of love. She allows it; but, at the same time, thinks they ought to act with great circumspection, because, notwithstanding her husband's absence, there were still spies upon her conduct, who would not fail to aggravate every circumstance severely. What was this but telling him that she would withhold none of her favors from him, when a fair opportunity offered of granting them without danger of a discovery?

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