Excerpt from A Collection of Novels, Vol. 3: Selected and Revised The following little Novel was written in the reign of Charles the Second, by Mrs. Aphra Behn. The scene of this Piece is laid in Portugal, and the manners, as well as the stile, bear some resemblance to the ancient romance; where, though the personages are real, their adventures are fictitious. To the Author, therefore, must be imputed the merit of the Fable, from whence this very just and delicate moral may be drawn: That the indulgence of an unlawful passion in the mind, though restrained within the strictest bounds of conduct, renders the heart incapable of exercising its vitrues, or discharging its duties cordially; consequently, our dearest connections become sufferers from our estrangement, while the natural tendency of the human mind to palliate its failings, is too apt to flatter us that we remain incent, because we are t intentionally guilty. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.