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[17] Indeed, that is the reason why these people, having been saved, now have it in their power to obtain satisfaction for whatever they suffered unjustly at my hands. But if they had fallen into the hands of the enemy, what suffering would they have experienced so great that they would now be asking to obtain satisfaction for it?1

1 The speaker implies in this sarcastic way that they would have met their death, and would not be talking now about satisfaction for that or anything else.

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