Observe that this section (sect. 31), which ends the Narratio (or statement of facts), is similar to sect. 23, which introduces the Narratio: both contain a summing up of the results arrived at in the Confutatio (sects. 7-22) and both end with a statement of the main question: Which lay in wait for the other? Much of the effort of persuasive argument depends on such repetitions, at the proper moment, of points already made. optabilius fuit: § 522, a (311, c); B. 304, 3, a; G. 254, R.1; H. 583 (511, N.1); H.-B. 582, 3, a. semel, once only. illud, referring forward to occisusne, etc. (as often). id, i.e. the fact that there was a plot laid by somebody. Throughout the argument Cicero insists that neither the Senate nor Pompey intended to prejudge the guilt of Milo. de hoc, i.e. the question ab utro factae sint. latum est, etc., i.e. this was the intent of Pompey's law de vi. hic, i.e. my client; ille, i.e. Clodius. ut ne sit, subj. of purpose (i.e. the purpose of the investigation).
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