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[55] important to bear in mind not merely what is said, but about whom it is said, since what is said may in another context be literally true. It is permissible to censure with counterfeited praise and praise under a pretence of blame. The following will serve as an example of the first.1 “Since Gaius Verres, the urban praetor, being a man of energy and blameless character, had no record in his register of this substitution of this man for another on the panel.” As an example of the reverse process we may take the following:2 “We are regarded as orators and have imposed on the people.”

1 Cic. Pro Cluent. xxxiii. 91.

2 cp. § 20.

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