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Clinias
Why? Tell us what you mean, Stranger.

Athenian
I am doing so. But I can explain it better by putting a question. Answer me briefly: you know what a line is?

Clinias
Yes.

Athenian
And surface?

Clinias
Certainly.

Athenian
And do you know that these are two things, and that the third thing, next to these, is the solid?

Clinias
I do.

Athenian
Do you not, then, believe that all these are commensurable one with another?

Clinias
Yes.

Athenian
And you believe, I suppose, that line is really commensurable with line, surface with surface,

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