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Marry

Most lovers, persuaded that he who marries is an enemy to his own repose, the betrayer of his own freedom, or a cully to his own desires, rarely employ this word but as a last resource.

After the ordinary declarations, a man worked up to a proper pitch, and who finds his fair-one deaf to any other proposal, has recourse to this word, or rather to some term equivalent to a promise of marriage.

Thus, I have no designs on you but what are honourable, signifies, “Since you exact so much, and I must give you hopes of marriage, this may serve to quiet your scruples, till this lure may give me moments of advantage.”

In the mean time, this plausible word covers their approaches, as the blind of fascines does those of the besiegers, till their mine is ready for springing, to blow up the virtue thus sapped to its foundations.