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This latter emotion I have aroused in the breast of Count Finnian, to whom I have read only a very small portion. As a result, he has introduced me to others as a man who is an honour to our nation. I speak as I think. I know that you will forgive this vanity. He was following after beauty along devious, difficult paths, 26 WINCKELMAN"N wilily, subtly, he 'wedged' his way into the good graces of the great; dexterously playing many parts in Naples, for in' stance, in order to catch a sight here and there of the hidde11 treasures of Pompeii and Herculaneum, most illiberally guarded from the eyes of one of the few men alive who could assess them at their true worth.

Pull devil, pull baker; pull Riedesel and Stosch. It was certainly, he believed, his last opportunity; and yet his heart said no. But his heart was not to be trusted. And should Winckelmann decide to visit Stosch now, he will be some eighteen months too late to prove his genuine affection. Not once, but twice, almost as if the fates were sorry for him, he had been given a chance to repay the countless benefits conferred on him by Stosch, who in August 1766 crowned them all by a handsome donation towards the publication of Monumenti lnediti.

He dare not steal away for fear of rousing suspicion. At all costs he must behave as if nothing had happened. Is anyone in sight? Yes; not very far away are some gardeners, pretending to work. Better to square them; for they may have seen the accident and might report it to the custodian. Observe him stealthily distributing some ducats amongst them to induce them to hold their tongues. Pride never dictated that action; the thoughts which preceded it were not those of a freeborn man. Possibly the words 'strictly forbidden' were knelling in poor Winckelmann's cars as he scuttled over the grass away from the mutilated Minerva.

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