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[55] Again it may be employed as a means of transition, as, for example,1 “Cominius, however— nay, pardon me, gentlemen.” This last instance also involves digression, if indeed digression is to be counted among figures, since some authorities regard it as forming one of the parts of a speech.2 For at [p. 409] this point the orator diverges to sing the praises of Gnaeus Pompeius, which he might have done without any recourse to aposiopesis.

1 From thepro Cornelio.

2 cp. xv. iii. 12.

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