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[37] of Next come cases of action contrary to the interests of the state. In these we meet with legal quibbles as to what is the meaning of “action contrary to the [p. 129] interests of the state,” and whether the action of the accused was injurious or profitable, or whether the interests of the state suffered at his hands or merely on his account: but the most important question is that of fact. There are also cases of ingratitude; in these we raise the question whether the accused has really received any kindness. It is only rarely that the fact can be denied, as denial is in itself a sign of ingratitude. But there are the further questions as to the extent of the kindness and whether it has been repaid.

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