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[188] Erciderint. This is most artfully introduced by Acontius, who was aware that a promise of that kind was not like to slip out of Cydippe's memory. It was however his interest to suppose it, because, by furnishing her with this excuse, he gave her a fairer opportunity of owning that she had been before in the strong, to neglect a promise she had so solemnly made in the presence of a Goddess.

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