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[188c] Let me therefore repeat that there is no objection on my part to holding a debate with Socrates after the fashion that he likes; but you must see how Laches here feels on the matter.

Laches
I have but a single mind,1 Nicias, in regard to discussions, or if you like, a double rather than a single one. For you might think me a lover, and yet also a hater, of discussions: for when I hear a man discussing virtue or any kind of wisdom, one who is truly a man and worthy of his argument, I am exceedingly delighted;


1 Laches plays with the two meaning of ἁπλοῦν—“I am single-minded (simple, straightforward) in such matters, that is, I should rather say, double-minded.”

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