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[14] Akin to this kind of answer is the dissimulatory [p. 383] reply, which is employed solely with the purpose of raising a laugh, and has therefore been treated in its appropriate place.1 If it were meant seriously, it would be tantamount to a confession. Further, there is the practice of putting the question and answering it oneself, which may have quite a pleasing effect. Take as an example the following passage from the pro Ligario,2 where Cicero says, “Before whom do I say this? Before one who, although he was aware of these facts, yet restored me to my country even before he had seen me.”

1 VI. iii. 68.

2 iii. 7.

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