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[44b] so often as the Soul is bound within a mortal body it becomes at the first irrational.1 But as soon as the stream of increase and nutriment enters in less volume, and the revolutions calm down and pursue their own path, becoming more stable as time proceeds, then at length, as the several circles move each according to its natural track, their revolutions are straightened out and they announce the Same and the Other aright, and thereby they render their possessor intelligent. And if so be

1 Cf. 86 E;Phaedo81 C, 83 D.

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