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‘ [2] For he was the son, as I was told, of an honored citizen who excelled all others in virtue; he was not at the funeral of his son; they told me that he had been travelling abroad for a long time.’ ‘O the miserable man!’ said Solon; ‘pray, what was his name?’ ‘I heard the name,’ the man said, ‘but I cannot recall it; only there was great talk of his wisdom and justice.’ Thus every answer heightened Solon's fears, and at last, in great distress of soul, he told his name to the stranger and asked him if it was Solon's son that was dead.

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