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§§ 32, 33. Either the ship was lost, or it got in safe. In the former case, you are exempted from all payment, and have no need to ask us to accept a part. In the latter case, why do you not pay what you promised? That the ship was not lost is proved by its being actually at sea, as well as by the defendants' own admissions; for they want us to accept a part on the ground that it was not lost, but only made part of the voyage.

διέφθαρται Combined with ἀπόλωλε, this suggests the sense ‘lost’ rather than ‘damaged’ or ‘spoiled’ by springing a leak; though either gives a goodsense.

διαφέρῃ ‘Do you dispute?’ See inf. § 46.

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