#9: The lewdness of comedy could never have been suffered by audiences, unless the customs of society had previously sanctioned the same lewdness.#26: ...a bold impurity fills the ear of the people with noisy clamour; in private, a feigned chastity speaks in scarce audible whispers to a few: an open stage is provided for shameful things, but on the praiseworthy the curtain falls: grace hides, disgrace flaunts: a wicked deed draws an overflowing house, a virtuous speech finds scarce a hearer, as though purity were to be blushed at, impurity boasted of. Where else can such confusion reign, but in the devil's temples? Where, but in the haunts of deceit? For the secret precepts are given as a sop to the virtuous, who are few in number ; the wicked examples are exhibited to encourage the vicious, who are countless.
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