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‘You may slip into your narrative (bring in by a side wind, on the sly, παρεμβάλλειν, supra c. 14. 9) anything that tells to the advantage of your own character—as for instance, “and I always admonished him to do what was right, not to leave his children behind him in the lurch” (in distress and difficulty), or to the disadvantage of your opponent's; “but he made answer to me, that wheresoever he was himself, there would he find other children:” the answer, as Herodotus tells us, of the revolted Egyptians (to the king who was inviting them to return).’ The story of the latter part of the alternative is told by Herodotus II 30, with the addition of certain circumstances, which add indeed to its graphic character, but cannot be here repeated. Aristotle seems to have tacked on the first part of the alternative—out of his own head—to make a little “imaginary conversation.” ‘Or (to slip in) anything else that is likely to be agreeable to the judges’.

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