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DCI (A XIII, 2.1)

Your promptitude pleases me better than the contents of your letter. 1 For what could be more insulting? However, I am by this time hardened to such things, and have divested myself of all human feelings. I look forward to your letter today, not that I expect anything new, for what should there be? But all the same—

1 There is nothing to shew to what this refers; but the next letter shews that Atticus had had to tell Cicero that Oppius and Balbus did not approve of his letter to Caesar. Perhaps they thought it too didactic, and unbecoming in Cicero's position. He would be particularly sensitive on that point, as he had plumed himself on being able to offer political advice which might affect the situation. See pp.261, 262.

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