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[432e] people who sometimes hunt for what they hold in their hands.1 So we did not turn our eyes upon it, but looked off into the distance, which perhaps was the reason it escaped us.” “What do you mean?” he said. “This,” I replied, “that it seems to me that though we were speaking of it and hearing about it all the time we did not understand ourselves2 or realize that we were speaking of it in a sense.” “That is a tedious prologue,” he said, “for an eager listener.”

1 A homely figure such as Dante and Tennyson sometimes use.

2 This sounds like Hegel but is not Hegelian thought.

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