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[754a] a beginning that is well made.

Clinias
Very true.

Athenian
Let us not then wittingly leave this first step unmentioned, nor fail to make it quite clear to ourselves how it is to be brought about. I, however, am by no means fertile in resource, save for one statement which, in view of the present situation, it is both necessary and useful to make.

Clinias
What statement is that?

Athenian
I assert that the State for whose settlement we are planning has nobody in the way of parents except

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