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[32] From such impressions arises that ἐνάργεια which Cicero1 calls illumination and actuality, which makes us seem not so much to narrate as to exhibit the actual scene, while our emotions will be no less actively stirred than if we were present at the actual [p. 437] occurrence. Is it not from visions such as these that Vergil was inspired to write—

Sudden her fingers let the shuttle fall
And all the thread was spilled,

Aen. ix. 474.

1 Perhaps an allusion to Part. Or. vi. 20. ἐνάργεια=clearness.

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