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2 Cf. 621 B-C, and Laws692 A.
5 more and rather: so 396 D, 551 B.
6 The image is that of a ship nearing the fatal reef. Cf. Aeschylus, Eumenides 562. The sentiment and the heightened rhetorical tone of the whole passage recalls the last page of the Critias, with Ruskin's translation and comment in A Crown of Wild Olive.
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