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Good-nature, 172 Good-will, ibid. Heat, ibid. Honesty, ibid. Hypocrisy, 173 Injuries, ibid. Integrity, 174 Justice, ibid. To Love, and to be in Love different, 175 Lucre, ibid. Lying, ibid. Names, 176 Partiality, ibid. Patience, 177 Positiveness, 177 Prosperity, ibid. Quiet, ibid. Reason and Passion, 178 Reputation, 179 Self-Love, ibid. Shame, ibid. Singularity, ibid. Slander, 180 Speakers in Publick, ibid. Time, the Loss of it, 181 Truth, ibid. Wisdom, ibid. Youth, 182 A CHARACTER OF KING CHARLES II.

Men given to dissembling are like Rooks at play, they will cheat for Shillings they are so used to it. The vulgar Definition of Dissembling is downright Lying; that kind of it which is less ill-bred cometh pretty near it. Only Princes and Persons of Honour must have gentler Words given to their Faults, than the nature of them may in themselves deserve. Princes dissemble with too many, not to have it discovered; no wonder then that He carried it so far that it was discovered. Men compared Notes, and got Evidence; so that those whose Morality would give them leave, took it for an Excuse for serving him ill.

He had Wit enough to suspect, and he had Wit enough too not to care: The Ladies got a great deal more than would have been allowed to be an equal bargain in Chancery, for what they did for it; but neither the manner, nor the measure of Pleasure is to be judged by others. Little Inducements at first grew into strong Reasons by degrees. Men who do not consider Circumstances, but judge at a distance, by a general way of arguing, conclude if a Mistress in some Cases is not immediately turned off, it must needs be that the Gallant is incurably subjected.

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