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[298a] the latter his. Then surely, he went on, Chaeredemus was other than “father”?

Than mine, at any rate, I said.

Why then, he was father while being other than father. Or are you the same as “the stone”?1

I fear you may prove that of me, I said, though I do not feel like it.

Then are you other than the stone?

Other, I must say.

Then of course, he went on, if you are other than stone, you are not stone? And if you are other than gold, you are not gold?

Quite so.

Hence Chaeredemus, he said, being other than father,

1 Cf. Plat. Gorg. 494a, where “the life of a stone” is given as a proverbial example of a life without pleasure or pain.

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