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[174d] but only on your invitation.”

“‘If two go along together,’” he remarked, “‘there's one before another’1 in devising what we are to say. Well, off we go.”

After some such conversation, he told me, they started off. Then Socrates, becoming absorbed in his own thoughts by the way, fell behind him as they went; and when my friend began to wait for him he bade him go on ahead.

1 Cf. Hom. Il. 10.224 σύν τε δύ᾽ ἐρχομένω, καί τε πρὸ τοῦ ἐνόησεν ὅππως κέρδος ἔῃ, “if two go along together, there's one to espy before another how a profit may be had.”

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