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[148e] it would touch them, and by reason of being in itself it would be prevented from touching the others, but would touch itself, since it is in itself.” “That is clear.” “Thus the one would touch itself and the other things.” “It would.” “But how about this? Must not everything which is to touch anything be next to that which it is to touch, and occupy that position which, being next to that of the other, touches it?” “It must.” “Then the one, if it is to touch itself, must lie next to itself and occupy the position next to that in which it is.” “Yes, it must.”

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