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[28] Adstrinxit verbis, &c. The reader cannot fail to be pleased with the ingenious manner in which Acontius excasus his fraud, by throwing the blame wholly upon love. He pretends that he had neither a natural turn for expedients of this hind, nor an apiness acquired by use and practice. This is extremely well calculated to gain upon Cydippe, as it speaks a passion strong and lively, and at the same time insinuates, that she was the first who had made a conquest of his heart.

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