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[180] Lacrymas hoc mihi pene movet. We have here an admirable picture of a man fluctuating between hope and disappointment. His manner and expressions betray the impatience of his soul; and his compating himself afterwards to Tantalus, is extremely well judged. For, besides that there is a great resemblance in the two cases, it is natural for these gloomy and disagreeable ideas to present themselves to a mind under such a series of perplexities.

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