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[149a]

Socrates
Have you then not heard, you absurd boy, that I am the son of a noble and burly midwife, Phaenarete?

Theaetetus
Yes, I have heard that.

Socrates
And have you also heard that I practise the same art?

Theaetetus
No, never.

Socrates
But I assure you it is true; only do not tell on me to the others; for it is not known that I possess this art. But other people, since they do not know it, do not say this of me, but say that I am a most eccentric person and drive men to distraction. Have you heard that also?


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