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[543c] of war and guardians, they should receive from the others as pay1 for their guardianship each year their yearly sustenance, and devote their entire attention to the care of themselves and the state.” “That is right,” I said. “But now that we have finished this topic let us recall the point at which we entered on the digression2 that has brought us here, so that we may proceed on our way again by the same path.” “That is easy,” he said; “for at that time, almost exactly as now, on the supposition that you had finished the description of the city, you were going on to say3 that you assumed such a city

1 Cf. 416 E.

2 Cf. Vol. I. p. 424, note c, and What Plato Said, p. 640, on Laws 857 C.

3 Cf. 449 A-B.

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