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[284e] you will beware of being included, that the good may not speak ill of you. For, I assure you, the good speak ill1 of the evil.

And they speak greatly of the great, asked Euthydemus, and hotly of the hot?

Certainly, I presume, said Ctesippus: I know they speak frigidly of the frigid, and call their way of arguing frigid.

You are turning abusive, Ctesippus, said Dionysodorus, quite abusive!

Not I, on my soul, Dionysodorus, for I like you: I am only giving you a friendly hint, and endeavoring to persuade you never to say anything so tactless in my presence as

1 Euthydemus seizes on the ambiguous use of κακῶς which may mean either “badly” or “injuriously.”

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