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[71] As there are three divisions of time, so the order of events falls into three stages. For everything has a beginning, growth and consummation, as for instance [p. 241] a quarrel, blows, murder. Thus arise arguments which lend each other mutual support; for the conclusion is inferred from the beginnings, as in the following case: “I cannot expect a purple-striped toga, when I see that the beginning of the web is black”; or the beginning may be inferred from the conclusion: for instance the fact that Sulla resigned the dictatorship is an argument that Sulla did not take up arms with the intention of establishing a tyranny.

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