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[28] If they are unable to prove these things, as they will be unable, we beg of you all, men of the jury, not to deliver us up as prey to these men, nor to give yet a fourth fortune to those who have mismanaged three others—that which they received from their guardians without compulsion, that which they exacted by compromising their suits, and that which the other day they took from Aesius by a judgement—but to allow us, as is right, to retain what is our own. It is of greater service to you in our hands than in theirs. And surely it is more just that we should have what is our own than that they should have it.

I do not know what reason there is why I should say more1; for I believe that nothing that I have said has escaped you. Pour out the water.

1 The speaker closes with a brief paragraph which occurs also at the end of Dem. 36.

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