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[102] Nescio qua pellice captus. Jealousy is said to be inseparable from love, especially where the lovers by distance are obliged to be often absent from each other. This, I believe, is an observation that experience will confirm in all cases: at least it is plain our poet thought so, who was no ill judge of these matters; for we find that it seldom fails to creep into his Epistles. I do not know, however, whether the ladies may not be apt to think him a little too partial in the case. Jealousy is a weakness, without doubt; and we meet in history with instances where great minds, if they were not able wholly to guard against it, yet, from a sense of shame, maintained a hard struggle to conceal it. Accordingly we find that Ovid throws it for the most part into the female epistles, as more likely to attack that frail sex; but with what justice I will not say. All allow that it is strongest in women; but perhaps we may find it most frequent among men; and I am apt to think it not altogether without reason that it should be so.

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