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[19] Such are the manifold respects in which I have had to submit to a loss1 of the rights accorded me by your laws and by justice before appearing in court. However, in spite of that disadvantage, I will try to prove my innocence: although it is hard to refute at a moment's notice false charges so carefully framed, as one cannot prepare oneself against the unexpected.

1 From the reading ἕλος σωθεὶς of the inferior Mss. the writer of a (late) Argument, which is found prefixed to the speech in A and N, made the curious deduction that the speaker's name was Ἕλος.

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