Just in from the country, Terpsion, or did you come some time ago?

Quite a while ago; and I was looking for you in the market-place and wondering that I could not find you.

Well, you see, I was not in the city.

Where then?

As I was going down to the harbor I met Theaetetus being carried to Athens from the camp at Corinth.

Alive or dead? [142b]

Just barely alive; for he is suffering severely from wounds, and, worse than that, he has been taken with the sickness that has broken out in the army.

You mean the dysentery?


What a man he is who you say is in danger!

A noble man, Terpsion, and indeed just now I heard some people praising him highly for his conduct in the battle.

That is not at all strange; it would have been much more remarkable if he had not so conducted himself. But why did he not [142c] stop here in Megara?

He was in a hurry to get home; for I begged and advised him to stop, but he would not. So I went along with him, and as I was coming back I thought of Socrates and wondered at his prophetic gift, especially in what he said about him. For I think he met him a little before his own death, when Theaetetus was a mere boy, and as a result of acquaintance and conversation with him, he greatly admired his qualities. When I went to Athens he related to me the conversation [142d] he had with him, which was well worth hearing, and he said he would surely become a notable man if he lived.

And he was right, apparently. But what was the talk? Could you relate it?

No, by Zeus, at least not offhand.

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