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Now it is necessary for you, who are of our school, to say something novel, that you may not seem ...

[530] Someone bring me a tablet, quick. But what sort of man will be appear to be, if you advise me to do this?

... to side with this youth in his opinions. [535] You see how serious the question has become; if he should prevail, which the gods forfend, it will be all over for us.

And I must note down whatever he says, so as to remember it.

But what will you say of it, if he should triumph over me in the debate?

[540] That old men are no longer good for anything; we shall be perpetually laughed at in the streets, shall be called thallophores, [545] mere brief-bags.

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