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[610d] to its possessor as if it were a disease, and that those who catch it die because it kills them by its own inherent nature, those who have most of it quickest, and those who have less more slowly, and not, as now in fact happens, that the unjust die owing to this but by the action of others who inflict the penalty.” “Nay, by Zeus,” he said, “injustice will not appear a very terrible thing after all if it is going to be1 fatal to its possessor, for that would be a release from all troubles.2 But I rather think it will prove to be quite the contrary,

1 For the future indicative after εἰ, usually minatory or monitory in tone, cf. Aristoph.Birds 759, Phileb. 25 D.

2 Cf. Phaedo 107 C, 84 B, Blaydes on Aristoph.Acharn. 757.

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