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[98] as when one man replied to another, a worthless fellow, who had fallen down and asked to be helped to his feet, “Let someone pick you up who does not know you.”1 Or we may shew our culture by drawing on legend for a jest, as Cicero did in the trial of Verres, when Hortensius said to him as he was examining a witness, “I do not understand these riddles.” “You ought to, then,” said Cicero, “as you have got the Sphinx at home.” Hortensius had received a bronze Sphinx of great value as a present from Verres.

1 Hor. Ep. I. xvii. 62, where the passers by reply Quaere peregrinum to an imposter who, having fallen down and broken his leg, implores them to pick him up, crying Credite, non ludo: crudeles, tollite claudum.

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