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“‘As to that,’ said I, ‘how could I presume to correct a perfect gentleman, I who am supposed to be a mere chatterer with my head in the air,1 I who am called—the most senseless of all taunts—a poor beggar?

1 ἀδλεσχεῖν, ἀερομετρεῖν; these are taunts commonly levelled at Socrates; thus, for instance, Aristophanes, Clouds, 225: “What are you at, Socrates?” “I'm walking the air and pondering on the sun”; and 1480: Socr., “Excuse my silly chatter.”

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