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[42] Therefore we must not expect any speech to be ornate that is not, in the first place, [p. 235] acceptable. An acceptable style is defined by Cicero1 as one which is not over-elegant: not that our style does not require elegance and polish, which are essential parts of ornament, but that excess is always a vice.

1 Part. Or., vi. 19.

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