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had formerly been his foes ; but still he yields not , nor blanches his cheek , nor veils his brow . Defiance he still hurls at the traitor who has betrayed him : — 4 , that I had him , With six Aufidiuses , or more , his tribe , To use my lawful sword V
And even thus , he falls pierced by numerous swords , dying the death of a warrior , when the coward Aufidius tramples on his prostrate body . It was better that he should die thus . In taking up arms against his countrymen for the purpose of revenge , he had committed a heavy crime , the effects of which could not be undone . He could not have sacked Rome and looked on while it was
burning . The first smoke would have been the signal for mercy ; but Rome thus spared , would not have spared him in after times . In Antium or in Rome he must alike have dwelt an object of suspicion and of dislike , his only safety being in the fear he might be able to inspire . His hand had been raised against both
nations , and rest he could have found in neither . He had made the false step which was irreparable , and his only resource was to die . He had nothing more to do with life , and the manner of his death became him . He had not undone his native land , and even the reptile Aufidius pronounced a eulogy on him , saying ,
* My rage is gone And I am struck with sorrow . ' The world is now wiser than of yore . The errors of ignorance are scared by the light of truth , and we can afford to suffer our would-be tyrants to die natural deaths . Nations care not to steep themselves in blood . Sharp laughter is found to be a more piercing weapon than the sharp sword . Even Napoleon dreaded the ridicule of the Parisians more than their plots .
JUNHJS KEDIVIVUS .
Cleone * 5 * 99
On the publication of ' Character , or Jew and Gentile / a few months ago , we endeavoured to convey to our readers the impression produced upon our own minds by the talent and principles of its author . That impression is not only justified , but
deepened and extended , by the work now before us . The accurate observation , the independent thought , the racy humour , the moral courage , and the high purpose , which we then described , are again presented to us , combined with more of skill in the Management of the narrative which is the medium of their exhibition . Cleone is calculated to excite more general interest than * Ctoone , a Tale of Married Life ; by Mrs . Leman Grimitooe . 2 toI * .
CLEONE . *
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), April 2, 1834, page 299, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2632/page/71/