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“So now, Glaucon,” I said, “our argument after winding1 a long2 and weary way has at last made clear to us who are the philosophers or lovers of wisdom and who are not.” “Yes,” he said, “a shorter way is perhaps not feasible.” “Apparently not,” I said. “I, at any rate, think that the matter would have been made still plainer if we had had nothing but this to speak of, and if there were not so many things left which our purpose3 of discerning the difference between the just and

1 The argument is slightly personified. Cf. on 503 A.

2 It is captious to object that the actual discussion of the philosopher occupies only a few pages.

3 This is the main theme of the Republic, of which Plato never loses sight.

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