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Since we find ourselves now dealing with this theme, let us behave as befits ourselves.1

In what respect?

Every young man—not to speak of old men—on hearing or seeing anything unusual and strange, is likely to avoid jumping to a hasty and impulsive solution of his doubts about it, and to stand still; just as a man who has come to a crossroads and is not quite sure of his way, if he be travelling alone, will question himself, or if travelling with others,

1 i.e. with the caution proper to old men.

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