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[449b] from one another, when Polemarchus—he sat at some little distance1 from Adeimantus—stretched forth his hand, and, taking hold of his garment2 from above by the shoulder, drew the other toward him and, leaning forward himself, spoke a few words in his ear, of which we overheard nothing3 else save only this, “Shall we let him off,4 then,” he said, “or what shall we do?” “By no means,” said Adeimantus, now raising his voice. “What, pray,”5 said I, “is it that you are not letting off?” “You,”

1 ἀπωτέρω absolutely. Cf. Cratinus 229 Kock ὄνοι κάθηνται τῆς λύρας ἀπωτέρω.

2 Cf. 327 B.

3 Cf. 359 E.

4 Cf. on 327 C.

5 Cf. 337 D, 343 B, 421 C, 612 C, Laches 188 E, Meno 80 B. There is a play on the double meaning, “What, pray?” and “Why, pray?”

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