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[350e] but if I were to attempt to state it, I know very well that you would say that I was delivering a harangue.1 Either then allow me to speak at such length as I desire,2 or, if you prefer to ask questions, go on questioning and I, as we do for old wives3 telling their tales, will say 'Very good' and will nod assent and dissent.” “No, no,” said I, “not counter to your own belief.” “Yes, to please you,” he said, “since you don't allow me freedom of speech. And yet what more do you want?” “Nothing, indeed,” said I; “but if this is what you propose to do, do it and I will ask the questions.” “Ask on, then.” “This, then, is the question I ask, the same as before, so that our inquiry may proceed in sequence.

1 This is really a reminiscence of such passages as Theaetetus 162 D, Protagoras 336 B, Gorgias 482 C, 494 D, 513 A ff., 519 D. The only justification for it in the preceding conversation is 348 A-B.

2 So Polus in Gorgias 527 A.

3 Cf. Gorgias 527 A.

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