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§§ 30, 31. He will try to account for the suit (his claim to the dowry) being given against him by the arbitrator, by saying that he was not fully prepared with his case. But he had time enough; and he was the plaintiff, not the defendant, who might rather plead ‘unpreparedness.’ Besides, why did he not appeal, if he thought the verdict was wrong?

ἂν δὲ λέγῃ ‘Should he go on to talk about the actions,’ &c. See §§ 16, 17.

οὐκ ὀλίγος χρόνος Between the first arbitration, which ended abruptly by the death of the arbitrator Solon, and the second, there had intervened ample time, χρόνος συχνὸς, § 16.

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