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“Do you hear that, my son?” asked Lycon.

“Yes, indeed he does,” said Socrates; “and he puts it into practice, too. At any rate, when he desired to become a prize-winner in the pancratium, [he availed himself of your help to discover the champions in that sport and associated with them; and so, if he desires to learn the ways of virtue,]1 he will again with your help seek out the man who seems to him most proficient in this way of life and will associate with him.”

1 The words in brackets are meant to represent approximately the sense of words that have been lost in the manuscripts.

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