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[63] Elige quid fingas. The argument that Cydippe here uses against Acontius, is what we commonly call a dilemma, in which way of reasoning an adversary is puzzled whatever part he take. But Cydippe is not contented with this she urges her lover still farther, and tells him, that he can find nothing in either branch of the argument, in the least favorable to his cause. Her way of stating it is this: "Aut non vis, aut non potes placare Dianam. Prius si dicas; ergo immemor es nostri, nec nos curas: posterius si fingas; ergo Diana est tui immemor, nec te curat." Her manner of reasoning is ingenious and puzzling; but, when narrowly examined, will, as we have observed already, be found a mere sophism.

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