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[190b] of acquiring sight or hearing.

Truly spoken, Socrates.

And you know, Laches, at this moment our two friends are inviting us to a consultation as to the way in which virtue may be joined to their sons' souls, and so make them better?

Yes, indeed,

Then our first requisite is to know what virtue1 is? For surely, if we had no idea at all what virtue actually is, we could not possibly consult

1 Here, and in what follows, “virtue” embraces the accomplishments and excellences of a good citizen.

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