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[287d] because you discern that you ought not to.

What nonsense you talk, he said, instead of answering as you should. Come, good sir, do as I bid you and answer, since you confess to my wisdom.

Well then, I must obey, I said, and of necessity, it seems; for you are the master here. Now for your question.

Then tell me, do things that “intend” have life when they intend, or do lifeless things do it too?

Only those that have life.

Now do you know any phrase that has life?

Upon my soul, I do not.


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