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[13] There is also what is called a clausula. If this merely means a conclusion, it is a perfectly correct and sometimes a necessary device, as in the following case: “You must, therefore, first confess your own offence before you accuse Ligarius of anything.”1 But to-day something more is meant, for our rhetoricians want every passage, every sentence to strike the ear by an impressive close.

1 Pro Lig. i. 2. It is a conclusion in the logical sense. But clausula more commonly means “close, conclusion, cadence” of a period. Cp. what follows.

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