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“Callias,” said Socrates, appealing to him, “could you come to the rescue of a man hard put to it for an answer?”

“Yes, indeed,” said he: “we are absolutely quiet every time the flute is played.”

Hermogenes retorted, “Is it your wish that I should converse with you to the accompaniment of a flute, the way the actor Nicostratus used to recite tetrameter verses?”

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