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[22] This device may also serve to carry off a jest, as in the passage of Cicero where he talks of the “little sprat of a boy who slept with his elder sister,”1 or where he speaks of “Flavius, who put out the eyes of crows,”2 or, again, in the pro Milone,3 cries, “Hi, there! Rufio!” and talks of “Erucius Antoniaster.”4 On the other hand, this practice becomes more obtrusive when employed in the schools, like the phrase that was so much praised in my boyhood, “Give your father bread,” or in the same declamation, “You feed even your dog.”5 But such tricks do not always come off,

1 pro. Cael. xv. 36.

2 pro Mil. xi. 25. Our equivalent is “catch a weasel asleep.”

3 pro Mil. xxii. 60. Rufio, a slave name = red head.

4 From the lost pro Vareno. “Erucius, Antonius' ape.”

5 A declamation turning on the law that sons must support their parents.

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