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[111] and of a pleader who was a fluent speaker extempore, that “his ability was all in ready money.” Of the same kind, too, was the remark recorded by Marsus as having been made by Pompey to Cicero when the latter expressed distrust of his party: “Go over to Caesar and you will be afraid of me.” Had this last remark been uttered on a less serious subject and with less serious purpose, or had it not been uttered by Pompey himself, we might have counted it among examples of humour.

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