Non ita contemno. We have here a long detail of the reasons that prevented her from following Paris to Troy. None of them are drawn from the amiableness of virtue, or the baseness of the crime itself. these had no weight with her. She is concerned only for her reputation, and particularly wishes to avoid infamy. She foresees too, and with good reason, that such a step might bring her into contempt, even with the person in favor of whem it was taken. What security, says she to paris, can you afterwards have of my fidelity? will not my easy consent to your proposal make you suspect me with every stranger that lands upon your coasts? This reasoning is unanswerable. No union can be firm and permanent, unless it be founded upon virtue. Where a false step has once been made, every temptation alarms; and we are apt to suspect that she who could not resist in one case, will he as little able to resist in another.
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