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[211c] So that I may make myself ridiculous? I said.

No, no, indeed, he replied I want you to trounce him.

How can I? I asked. It is not easy, when the fellow is so formidable—a pupil of Ctesippus. And here—do you not see?—is Ctesippus himself.

Take no heed of anyone, Socrates, he said; just go on and have a talk with him.

I must comply, I said.

Now, as these words passed between us,—What is this feast, said Ctesippus, that you two are having by yourselves, without allowing us a share in your talk?

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