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[319b] to plant settlers in the Greek cities. I granted you that I did remember, and that I still believed that this was the best policy. But, Dionysius, I must also repeat, the next observation that was made on this occasion. For I asked you whether this and this only was what I advised, or something else besides and you made answer to me in a most indignant and most mocking tone, as you supposed—and consequently the object of your mockery then has now turned out a reality instead of a dream1; for you said with a very artificial laugh,

1 This seems to mean that Plato's scheme of education, scoffed at by Dionysius, was the secret of Dion's success—the “dream” of the philosopher-king being realized in his person.

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