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Could there, then, be people more shameless than these, or more plainly malicious pettifoggers—men who, after advancing their own wall and raising the level of the road, are suing others for damages, and that too for a fixed sum of a thousand drachmae, when they have themselves lost fifty at most? And yet consider, men of the jury, how many people in the farm-lands have suffered from floods in Eleusis1 and in other places. But, good heavens, I take it each one of these is not going to claim the right to recover damages from his neighbors.

1 Eleusis, a town in Attica, famed as a central point in the worship of Demeter, and the scene of the celebration of the great mysteries.

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