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τί τοῦτο; “"What means this?"” Cp. 46 “τί δ᾽ ἐστὶ τοῦτο”; He is startled and disquieted. He shrinks from all cross-questioning on the past, as from a torture (cp. 210). We lose this dramatic touch if we construe “τί τοῦτο” (“ἔρασαι πυθέσθαι”) as a calm query,—“"What is this that thou wouldst learn?"

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