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[60] Canius was furious; but what could he do? For1 not yet had my colleague and friend, Gaius Aquilius, introduced the established forms to apply to criminal fraud. When asked what he meant by “criminal fraud,” as specified in these forms, he would reply:

“Pretending one thing and practising another”—a very felicitous definition, as one might expect from an expert in making them. Pythius, therefore, and all others who do one thing while they pretend another are faithless, dishonest, and unprincipled [p. 331] scoundrels. No act of theirs can be expedient, when what they do is tainted with so many vices.

1 Criminal fraud.

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