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[606b] inasmuch as this is contemplating the woes of others and it is no shame to it to praise and pity another who, claiming to be a good man, abandons himself to excess in his grief; but it thinks this vicarious pleasure is so much clear gain,1 and would not consent to forfeit it by disdaining the poem altogether. That is, I think, because few are capable of reflecting that what we enjoy in others will inevitably react upon ourselves.2 For after feeding fat3 the emotion of pity there, it is not easy to restrain it in our own sufferings.”

1 Cf.τῇ δ᾽ ἀσφαλείᾳ κερδανεῖςEurip.Herc. Fur. 604, which is frequently misinterpreted; Herod. viii. 60. 3.

2 For the psychology Cf. Laws 656 B and on 385 C-D.

3 Cf. 442 A.

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