Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Volume 16

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Author: Various Authors
Published: 1896
Language: English
Wordcount: 151,339 / 446 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 53.8
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 692
Added to site: 2010.09.04
mnybks.net#: 28905
Origin: gutenberg.org
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. When something of superior importance was discussed in the Senate, and the further consideration adjourned to the day following, it was resolved that no one should divulge the subject of their debates till it should be formally decreed. The mother of the young Papirius, who had accompanied his father to the Senate-house, inquired of her son what the senators had been doing. The youth replied that he had been enjoined silence, and was not at liberty to say. The woman became more anxious to know; the secretness of the thing, and the silence of the youth, did but inflame her curiosity. She therefore urged him with more vehement earnestness. The young man, on the importunity of his mother, determined on a humorous and pleasant fallacy: he said it was discussed in the Senate, which would be most beneficial to the State--for one man to have two wives, or for one woman to have two husbands. As soon as she heard this she was much agitated, and leaving her house in great trepidation, went to tell the other matrons w

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