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[14] In fact, if we break up and disarrange any sentence that may have struck us as vigorous, charming or elegant, we shall find that all its force, attraction and grace have disappeared. Cicero in his Orator breaks up some of his own utterances in this way: β€œNeque me divitiae movent, quibus omnes Africanos et Laelios multi venalicii mercatoresque superarunt. Change the order but a little so that it will run multi superarunt mercatores venaliciique,”1 and so on. Disarrange these periods in such a manner, and you will find that the shafts you have hurled are broken or wide of the mark.

1 Or. 70, 232. β€œNor do riches move me, in which many a merchant and slave-dealer has surpassed all such great men as Africanus and Laelius.”

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