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[106] Therefore, those1 who discuss these problems with more rigour make bold to say that moral wrong is the only evil, while those2 who treat them with more laxity do not hesitate to call it the supreme evil.

Once more, they quote the sentiment:

“None have I given, none give I ever to the faithless.

It was proper for the poet to say that, because, when he was working out his Atreus, he had to make the words fit the character. But if they mean to adopt it as a principle, that a pledge given to the faithless is no pledge, let them look to it that it be not a mere loophole for perjury that they seek.

1 The Stoics.

2 The Peripatetics.

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