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[417b] from the helpers of their fellow citizens to their enemies and masters,1 and so in hating and being hated,2 plotting and being plotted against they will pass their days fearing far more and rather3 the townsmen within than the foemen without—and then even then laying the course4 of near shipwreck for themselves and the state. For all these reasons,” said I, “let us declare that such must be the provision for our guardians in lodging and other respects and so legislate. Shall we not?” “By all means,” said Glaucon.

1 δεσπόται. Cf. Menexenus 238 E.

2 Cf. Laws 697 D in a passage of similar import,μισοῦντες μισοῦνται.

3 more and rather: so 396 D, 551 B.

4 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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