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[2] For just as porous bodies readily receive heat and as readily yield it up again and grow cold when the fire is removed, in like manner these men, when they saw Cato, were filled with warmth and kindled into flame; but when they came to think matters over by themselves, their fear of Caesar drove away their regard for Cato and for honour. ‘Who, pray, are we,’ they said, ‘and who is he whose commands we are refusing to obey? ’

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