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[33] I think I hear certain persons (for there will always be some who had rather be eloquent than good) asking, “Why then is there so much art in connexion with eloquence? Why have you talked so much of 'glosses,'1 the methods of defence to be employed in difficult cases, and sometimes even of actual confession of guilt, unless it is the case that the power and force of speech at times triumphs over truth itself? For a good man will only plead good cases, and those might safely be left to truth to support without the aid of learning.”

1 color is a technical term for “the particular aspect given to a case by skilful manipulation of the facts—the 'gloss' or 'varnish' put on them by the accused or accuser.”—Peterson on Quint. X. i. 116.

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