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[73] Sometimes we rebut a [p. 479] charge openly, as Cicero did when he refuted the extravagant lies of Vibius Curius about his age: “Well, then,” he remarked, “in the days when you and I used to practise declamation together, you were not even born.” At other times we may rebut it by pretending to agree. Cicero, for example, when Fabia the wife of Dolabella asserted that her age was thirty, remarked, “That is true, for I have heard it for the last twenty years.”

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