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[474a] and strip and, snatching the first weapon that comes to hand, rush at you with might and main, prepared to do1 dreadful deeds. And if you don't find words to defend yourself against them, and escape their assault, then to be scorned and flouted will in very truth2 be the penalty you will have to pay.” “And isn't it you,” said I, “that have brought this upon me and are to blame?” “And a good thing, too,” said he; “but I won't let you down, and will defend you with what I can. I can do so with my good will and my encouragement, and perhaps I might answer your questions more suitably3 than another.

1 Cf. Apology 35 A, Theaetetus 151 A.

2 τῷ ὄντι verifies the strong word τωθαζόμενος.

3 Cf. Theaetetus 162 A 7. The dialectician prefers a docile respondent. Cf. Sophist 217 C, Parmenides 137 B.

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