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Favours

All that a mistress grants to her lover is called so.

They magnify or lessen the favours according to the exigence of the case: but, generally speaking, a lover magnifies small favours, and lessens great ones. Thus, when he pretends to exalt a trifling favour he has obtained, it is by way of insinuation how grateful he would be for greater ones, and thereby inspires the fair-one with a mind to try him with them.

When a lover lessens a great favour, all he says to that purpose signifies, “If I was to form to you too hight an image of the favour I am solliciting, you would think twice before you granted it me.”

The last favour is so called with great propriety; it being out of a woman's power, after that, to grant another; she then commences the person favoured, not favouring.