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[185] Utinam bene cogere possis. Helen here throws off the mask entirely, and owns her willingness, if proper care should be taken to afford her some excuse for her weakness. There is nothing more here than what is to be met with in all her sex. What favors they grant of this kind, proceed usually from the warmest inclinations: yet they would rather have them appear extorted by violence and force, than a free grant. They fear that their lover may despise a victory too easily gained.

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