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Indeed it is by no means easy, Protarchus, to understand such a condition under those circumstances.

No at least I do not find it so.

Well, then, let us take this under consideration, all the more because of its obscurity; then we can more readily understand the mixture of pain and pleasure in other cases.

Please go on.

Would you say that envy, which was mentioned just now, was a pain of the soul, or not?

I say it is.

But certainly we see the envious man rejoicing in the misfortunes of his neighbors.

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