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Do you think that Nicodemus is so disinterested in money matters, that, if the fact which he alleges were true, he would not have provided for his own interests with scrupulous care? By heaven, I am sure he would have done so; for even those who give their womenkind to others as mistresses make stipulations in advance as to the benefits which such women are to enjoy. And was Nicodemus, when, according to his own account, he was going to give his sister in marriage, content with simply securing the requirements of a legal marriage1—a man who shows himself only too anxious to be dishonest for a paltry sum which he hopes to receive for speaking in court?2

1 i.e., without insisting on stipulations regarding a dowry which might eventually benefit him.

2 i.e., as a reward for his false evidence.

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