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[20] On the other hand, there are some which will always be bad, such as those which turn on play upon words, as in the following case: “Conscript fathers, for I must address you thus that you may remember the duty owed to fathers.” Worse still, as being more unreal and far-fetched, is the remark made by the gladiator mentioned above in his prosecution of his sister: “I have fought to the last finger.”1

1 The exact meaning is uncertain. The allusion may be to the turning up of the thumb as a sign of defeat. See sect. 12.

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