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[893a] you are unused to answering,1 and thus causes an unpleasing lack of shapeliness and seemliness, I think that I ought now to act in the way described—question myself first, while you remain listening in safety, and then return answer to myself, and in this way proceed through the whole argument until it has discussed in full the subject of soul, and demonstrated that soul is prior to body.2

Your suggestion, Stranger, we think excellent; so do as you suggest.

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