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    DECEPTION, AND CREDULITY.

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    DECEPTION, AND CREDULITY.

    Post  allenflying on Thu Dec 09, 2010 9:16 pm

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    Charmian. Why, Madam ?
    Cleopat. That I may sleep out this great gap of time my Antony is away."
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