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[171] Nec, quod abest, mirare. We see here a confirmation of what I have advanced in a former remark; that we are not to interpret Helen's smiling at her husband's recommending the Trojan to her care, as done in contempt of his easy temper and simplicity. She is so far from viewing it in that light, that, on the contrary, she thinks he had all the reason in the world to trust her; for that, however her beauty and fame might expose her to solicitations, her known virtue was sufficient to secure him against all suspicion of her ever proving unfaithful to him.

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