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[89] Unde novus timor hie? &c. Hero still discovers the height of her passion by her anxiety. The anxiety too that she discovers, is that of an ardent lover, such as magnifies every difficulty, and fills with false fears. She knew well enough that since his first swimming over to her, there had been no storm nearly equal to the present. There was no cause then to wonder why his courage was abated, as it had never been put to the same trial before. But Hero, attentive only to his long absence, will not allow herself to reflect upon the danger, but charges him with want of courage for not attempting to do what was impossible.

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