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Well, Mr. Informer, is this law in force? Yes or no, you practised villain?1 No; and the reason for that is of course that only laws passed after the archonship of Eucleides can be applied. That is how you come to be walking about this city alive—hardly the fate which you deserved after making a living as a common informer under the democracy, and becoming the tool of the Thirty under the oligarchy to avoid having to disgorge your profits.

1 An echo of Soph. Aj. 103.

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