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“It looks as if we should have to hear from you, too. And how about you, Charmides?” he continued. “What do you take pride in?”

“What pride,” said he, “on the contrary, is in my poverty.”

“A charming thing, upon my word!” exclaimed Socrates. “It seldom causes envy or is a bone of contention; and it is kept safe without the necessity of a guard, and grows sturdier by neglect!”

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