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[16] For the same things are often put in different ways and the sense remains unaltered though the words are changed, while a figure of thought may include several figures of speech. For the former lies in the conception, the latter in the expression of our thought. The two are frequently combined, however, as in the following passage: “Now, Dolabella, [I have no pity] either for you or for your children”:1 for the device by which he turns from the judges to Dolabella is a figure of thought, while iam iam ( “now”) and liberum (“your children”) are figures of speech.

1 Cic. Verr. I. xxx. 77. iam iam is a figure, as being a reduplication, and liberum as being a contraction.

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