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[25] But in our search for such questions we follow an order quite different from that which we employ in actual speaking.1 For that which as a rule occurs to us first, is just that which ought to come last in our speech: as for instance the conclusion, “You have no right to choose another man's wife.” Consequently undue haste will spoil our division of the subject. We must not therefore be content with the thoughts that first offer themselves, but should press our inquiry further till we reach conclusions such as that he ought not even to choose a widow: a further advance is made when we reach the conclusion that be should choose nothing that is private property, or last of all we may go back to the question next in order to the general question, and conclude that he should choose nothing inequitable.

1 cp. III. ix. 6.

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