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[588b] let us take up again the statement with which we began and that has brought us to this pass.1 It was, I believe, averred that injustice is profitable to the completely unjust2 man who is reputed just. Was not that the proposition?” “Yes, that.” “Let us, then, reason with its proponent now that we have agreed on the essential nature of injustice and just conduct.” “How?” he said. “By fashioning in our discourse a symbolic image of the soul, that the maintainer of that proposition may see precisely what it is that he was saying.”

1 Plato keeps to the point. Cf. 472 B, Phileb. 27 C, and p. 339 note e, on 572 B.

2 Cf. 348 B, 361 A.

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