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[567d] said I, “which bids him dwell for the most part with base companions who hate him, or else forfeit his life.” “Such it is,” he said. “And would he not, the more he offends the citizens by such conduct, have the greater need of more and more trustworthy bodyguards?” “Of course.” “Whom, then, may he trust, and whence shall he fetch them?” “Unbidden,” he said, “they will wing their way1 to him in great numbers if he furnish their wage.” “Drones, by the dog,” I said, “I think you are talking of again,

1 Cf. Laws 952 E, Rep. 467 D.

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