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[37] For you must not imagine that the pillars standing there are anything else than the covenants of all that you have received or granted; and it will be made clear that Leucon observes them and is always eager to benefit you, but that you have repudiated them while they still stand; and that is a far worse offence than to pull them down1; for when men wish to traduce our city, there will stand the pillars to witness to the truth of their words.

1 Both nouns being feminine plural, Demosthenes is able to fuse completely the literal and metaphorical meanings.

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