Lucretia, a celebrated Roman lady, daughter of Lucretius and wife of Tarquinius Collatinus. The beauty and innocence of Lucretia inflamed the passions of Sixtus, the son of Tarquin. He cherished his flame, and secretly retired from the camp and came to the home of Lucretia, where he met with a kind reception. In the dead of night he introduced himself to Lucretia, who refused to his entreaties what her fears of shame granted to his threats. She yielded to her ravisher when he threatened to murder her, and slay one of her slaves and put him in her bed. Lucretia, in the morning, sent for her husband and her father, and after she had revealed to them the indignities she had suffered from the son of Tarquin and entreated them to avenge her wrongs, she stabbed herself with a dagger which she had previously concealed under her clothes. Brutus, who was present at the tragic death of Lucretia, kindled the flame of rebellion and the Republican or Consular Government was established at Rome. [P. 23.]
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