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[560b] are stealthily nurtured to take their place, owing to the father's ignorance of true education, and wax numerous and strong.” “Yes, that is wont to be the way of it.” “And they tug and pull back to the same associations and in secret intercourse engender a multitude.” “Yes indeed.” “And in the end, I suppose, they seize the citadel1 of the young man's soul, finding it empty and unoccupied by studies and honorable pursuits and true discourses, which are the best watchmen

1 Cf. Tim. 90 A.

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