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Spare your invective, peerless Polus—if I may address you in your own style:1 but if you have a question to ask me, expose my error otherwise, make answer yourself.

Well, I am ready to answer, in order that I may know what you mean.

Then is it your view that people wish merely that which they do each time, or that which is the object of their doing what they do? For instance, do those who take medicine by doctor's orders wish, in your opinion, merely what they do,—to take the medicine and suffer the pain of it,—or rather to be healthy, which is the object of their taking it?

1 The assonance in λῷστε Πῶλε is a mocking allusion to the nicely balanced clauses and jingling phrases which Polus imitated from his master Gorgias. Something of this style appears in Polus's speech above, 448c.

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