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[73] The methods of hyperbole by attenuation are the same in number. Compare the Virgilian1
Scarce cling they to their bones,
or the lines from a humorous work2 of Cicero's,
“Fundum Vetto vocat quem possit mittere funda;
Ni tamen exciderit, qua cava funda patet.
“Vetto gives the name of farm to an estate which might easily be hurled from a sling, though it might well fall through the hole in the hollow sling, so small is it.”
But even here a certain proportion must be observed. For although every hyperbole involves the incredible, it must not go too far in this direction, which provides the easiest road to extravagant affectation.

1 Ecl. iii. 103. Describing a flock of starved sheep.

2 Unknown.

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