Sed scelus hoc. The sentiments here expressed are to natural and tender, that the reader feels a sensible concern for Phyllis, and cannot forbear pitying her hard fate. This is the true art of writing, to interest the reader in the story; to set his passions at work, and make him in a manner feel what is described or represented. When writings produce this effect, it is a sign that they are the productions of a masterly hand.
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