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[780d] this practice it is neither easy to state nor, when stated, to carry into effect.

Why do you show so much hesitation, Stranger, in mentioning this?

Listen now, so that we may not spend much time on the matter to no purpose. Everything that takes place in the State, if it participates in order and law, confers all kinds of blessings; but most things that are either without order or badly-ordered counteract the effects of the well-ordered. And it is into this plight that the practice we are discussing has fallen. In your case, Clinias

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