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After we had said our prayers and seen the spectacle we were starting for town when Polemarchus, the son of Cephalus, caught sight of us from a distance as we were hastening homeward1 and ordered his boy2 run and bid us to wait3 for him, and the boy caught hold4 of my himation from behind and said, “Polemarchus wants you to wait.” And I turned around and asked where his master5 was. “There he is,” he said, “behind you, coming this way. Wait for him.” “So we will,” said Glaucon,

1 “Headed homeward” is more exact and perhaps better.

2 A Greek gentleman would always be so attended. Cf. Charmides 155 A, Meno 82 B, Protagoras 310 C, Demosthenes xlvii. 36.

3 The “bounder” in Theophrastus, Char. xi. (xvii.), if he sees persons in a hurry will ask them to wait.

4 Charmides 153 B, Parmenides 126 A, 449 B.

5 “Ipse,” Cf. Protagoras 314 D; “ipse dixit;” “Now you are not ‘ipse,’ for I am he.”—Shakes.

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