purpose is briefly to examine the past history of Charidemus, and to unmask the
extraordinary audacity of his flatterers. I pledge myself simply to
this,—and I hope no one will take my pledge in bad
part,—that I will satisfy you, not only that he is unworthy of the
protection proposed by the defendant, but that he deserves to be most severely
punished, if chastisement is justly due to those who wish you ill, and cheat
you, and are always trying to thwart you.