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[72] Auctor quoe pretiosa facit. Helen still continues the same artifice to gain upon Paris. She had before seemingly slighted his gifts; here she retracts, and speaks of them as what were very acceptable to her; but, at the same time, takes care to intimate, that they derived their value entirely from the giver. This has been always looked upon as a sure sign that the passion of love has taken deep root; whence Paris might form great hopes of success. Terence in his Eunuch, when he brings in the parasite flattering his master, that he was greatly in favor with Thais, makes him offer, as an evidence of it, the value she set upon his present: “Loeta est, non tam ipso quidem dono,
quam abs te datum esse: id vero serio triumphat.

'She is pleased, not so much with the gift itself, as that it comes from you; for that in reality is what gives her the greatest joy.'

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