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[55] But refutation also includes that simple form of proof, which I described above,1 based on an appeal to the emotions and mere assertion; for an example see the words of Scaurus which I have already quoted.2 Nay, I am not sure that this form of proof is not actually of more frequent occurrence when something is denied. It is, however, specially important for both parties that they should see where the main issue lies. For it often happens that the points raised in pleading are many, although those on which a decision is given are few.

1 v. xii. 12.

2 v. xii. 10.

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