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[49] On the other hand, the following instance of the same type of wit is quite admirable: when Milo's accuser, by way of proving that he had lain in wait for Clodius, alleged that he had put up at Bovillae before the ninth hour in order to wait until Clodius left his villa, and kept repeating the question, “When was Clodius killed?”, Cicero replied, “Late!”1 a retort which in itself justifies us in refusing to exclude this type of wit altogether. Sometimes,

1 sero may mean at a late hour or too late.

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