No, madam, there is no need for a stick, but only a heart less yielding
and less melting at their love-tales. I am aware that your good looks accompany
you, go where you will; but your reception retains those whom your eyes attract;
and that gentleness, accorded to those who surrender their arms, finishes on their
hearts the sway which your charms began. The too agreeable expectation which you
offer them increases their assiduities towards you; and your complacency, a little
less extended, would drive away the great crowd of so many admirers. But, tell me,
at least, madam, by what good fortune Clitandre has the happiness of pleasing you
so mightily? Upon what basis of merit and sublime virtue do you ground the honour
of your regard for him?
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