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Did you put to death Socrates the sophist, fellow citizens, because he was shown to have been the teacher of Critias, one of the Thirty who put down the democracy, and after that, shall Demosthenes succeed in snatching companions of his own out of your hands, Demosthenes, who takes such vengeance on private citizens and friends of the people for their freedom of speech? At his invitation some of his pupils are here in court to listen to him. For with an eye to business at your expense,1 he promises them, as I understand, that he will juggle the issue and cheat your ears, and you will never know it;
1 Success in this case will increase Demosthenes' reputation, and bring him more pupils and tuition fees.
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