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bonis, good citizens: here, as generally in Cicero, used in a partisan sense for the aristocracy.

experiatur:this violates the sequence of tenses in order to make the meaning clear; the imperf. would refer to the time of getting the money, not to the present moment; cf. ยง 481, N. (287, h, N.); B. 268, 7; G. 509, 1, N.; H.-B. 478.

fuerit: the subj. shows that this is the thought of Verres, and not merely something thrown in by Cicero.

tempus: the present scheme of the defence is by corrupt means to stave off the trial to a more advantageous time (see chs. vi-viii).

posses:imperf. to express his purpose at the time of the purchase.

criminum vim, the force of the charges.

poterat:indic., the reason being Cicero's. (The whole passage is an instructive example of the freedom of a living language from its own trammels. Rules are made for language, not language for rules.)

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