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[2] in accusation or defence of some boy or other. Wherefore his teacher was wont to say to him: ‘My boy, thou wilt be nothing insignificant, but something great, of a surety, either for good or evil.’ Moreover, when he was set to study, those branches which aimed at the formation of character, or ministered to any gratification or grace of a liberal sort, he would learn reluctantly and sluggishly; and to all that was said for the cultivation of sagacity or practical efficiency, he clearly showed an indifference far beyond his years, as though he put his confidence in his natural gifts alone.

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