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Whichever way he does it, is it not enviable in either case?

Hush, Polus!


Because we ought not to envy either the unenviable or the wretched, but pity them.

What! Is that the state in which you consider those people, of whom I speak, to be?

Yes, for so I must.

Then do you consider that a man who puts another to death as he thinks fit, and justly puts him to death, is wretched and pitiable?

Not I; but not enviable either.

Did you not say just now that he was wretched?

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