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[68] Cur suus a tanto crimine. It seemed hard to Acontius to bear all the blame of a crime, and reap no advantage from it. His view in deceiving Cydippe by the stratagem of the apple, was to gain her to himself. Here he was accused without any hopes of the desired recompence; for his mistress was upon the point of being given up to another. This naturally calls into his mind the fate of others, who in like circumstances had yet been far more fortunate.

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