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And I suppose that (to take the simplest point) the most beautiful bodies must grow up from earliest infancy as straight as possible.

Most certainly.

Well then, do we not observe that in every living creature the first shoot makes by far the largest and longest growth; so that many people stoutly maintain that in point of height men grow more in the first five years of life than in the next twenty?

That is true.

But we know, don't we, that when growth occurs rapidly,

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