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[10] “But,” it may be urged, “a bad man will at times produce an exordium or a statement of facts, and will argue a case in a manner that leaves nothing to be desired.” No doubt; even a robber may fight bravely without courage ceasing to be a virtue; even a wicked slave may bear torture without a groan, and we may still continue to regard endurance of pain as worthy of praise. We can point to many acts which are identical with those of virtue, but spring from other sources. However, what I have said here must suffice, as I have already dealt with the question of the usefulness of oratory. [p. 357]

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