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Speak just as you like, Socrates. Do not consider length, so far as we are concerned you cannot bore us.

Good. Then let us begin by asking a question.

What is the question?

Shall we say, Protarchus, that all things and this which is called the universe are governed by an irrational and fortuitous power and mere chance, or, on the contrary, as our forefathers said, are ordered and directed by mind and a marvellous wisdom?

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