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I see: but at all events hunger itself is painful, is it not?

I agree.

And so too with thirst?

Quite so.

Then am I to ask you any further questions, or do you admit that all want and desire is painful?

I admit it; no, do not question me further.

Very good: but drinking when one is thirsty you surely say is pleasant?

I do.

Now, in this phrase of yours the words “when one is thirsty,” I take it, stand for “when one is in pain”?

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