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I now see that sheer misfortune and necessity can force those who hate litigation to appear in court and those who love peace to show boldness1 and generally belie their nature in word and deed; for I myself, who, unless I am sorely mistaken, am very far from finding or wanting to find such a task congenial, have today been forced by sheer misfortune to depart from my habits and appear as defendant in a case in which I found it hard enough to arrive at the exact truth, but which leaves me still more perplexed when I consider how I should present it to you.

1 For τολμᾶν used absolutely in this sense cf. Antiph. 3.3.2.

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