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[22] This latter contingency arises when we attempt to shew that what we have suffered is of a more horrible nature than what are usually regarded as great evils. Vergil will provide an example in the lines1:—

“blest beyond all maidens Priam's child,
Beneath Troy's lofty bulwarks doomed to die
Upon the tomb of him that was thy foe.
For how wretched was the lot of Andromache, if Polyxena be accounted happy in comparison with [p. 431] her!

1 Aen. iii. 321.

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