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[51] Another example is provided by the following passage from the pro Oppio, “What wondrous love! what extraordinary benevolence!” Akin to irony also are the following figures, which have a strong family resemblance: confession of a kind that can do our case no harm, such as the following1: “You have now, Tubero, the advantage most desired by an accuser: the accused confesses his guilt”; secondly, concession, when we pretend to admit something actually unfavourable to ourselves by way of showing our confidence in our cause, as in the following passage2: “The commander of a ship from a distinguished city paid down a sum of money to rid himself of the fear of a scourging which hung over his head; it shows Verres' humanity”; or again, in the pro Cluentio,3 where Cicero is speaking of the prejudice aroused against his client, “Let it prevail in the public assembly, but be silent in the courts of law”; thirdly, agreement, as when Cicero,4 in the same speech, agrees that the jury was bribed.

1 pro Lig. i. 2.

2 Verr. v. xliv. 117

3 pro Cluet. ii. 5.

4 pro Cluent. xxiii. 63.

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