At fuerat melius. Cydippe here begins to soften, and shew her real inclinations for Acontius. She could be content to fall to his lot, but, if possible, with less danger and misery to herself. She therefore chides him for not addressing her in the usual and approved mode. It would have been both a more honorable and secure way of succeeding. He had now nothing to trust to but the shadow of an oath, which, as it was pronounced without assent of the will or judgment, could not with any appearance of reason be thought binding.
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