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[61] Such methods will also provide us with elegant transitions, although transition is not itself to be ranked among figures: for example, Cicero,1 after telling the story of Piso, who ordered a goldsmith to make a ring before him in court, adds, as though this story had suggested it to him, “This ring of Piso's reminds me of something which had entirely slipped my memory. How many gold rings do you think Verres has stripped from the fingers of honourable men?” Or we may affect ignorance on certain points, as in the following passage2: “But who was the sculptor who made those statues? Who [p. 413] was he? Thank you for prompting me, you are right; they said it was Polyclitus.”

1 Ve err. IV. xxvi. 57.

2 Verr. IV. iii. 5.

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