Eadem mihi gloria dammo est. The greater part of commentators give but a confused and unsatisfactory explication of this passage. Helen says, that the reputation of beauty, which on many accounts could not be disagreeable to her, was in the present case rather a disadvantage, because it made her remarkable, and the object of general notice. This obliged her to a strict attention over her actions, even over her looks and words, it being almost impossible that the least slip should pass unobserved. She feared therefore that her present sentiments for Paris could not long be a secret, and wished that her fame had been less, rather than be thus exposed to the hazard of a discovery. This I take to be the true meaning of the passage.
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