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[207a] to give his questioner an account of it in terms of its elements.

Theaetetus
As for example, Socrates?

Socrates
As, for example, Hesiod, speaking of a wagon, says, “a hundred pieces of wood in a wagon.”1 Now I could not name the pieces, nor, I fancy, could you; but if we were asked what a wagon is, we should be satisfied if we could say “wheels, axle, body, rims, yoke.”

Theaetetus
Certainly.

Socrates
But he, perhaps, would think we were ridiculous, just as he would if, on being asked about your name, we should reply by telling the syllables,


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