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[55] Tufaeis hoc. Acontius studiously softens what he says, by giving it such a turn as was most likely to make it agreeable to his mistress. Cydippe could scarcely refuse to forgive a fault, that took its rise from an admiration of her charms. Flattery is one of the chief ways by which we advance to the confidence and love of that sex, and, if well managed, seldom fails of success.

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