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Well now, which is the more wretched of two persons who have something evil either in body or in soul, he who is medically treated and is relieved of the evil, or he who is not treated and keeps it?

To my thinking, he who is not treated.

And we found that paying the penalty is a relief from the greatest evil, wickedness?

We did.

Because, I suppose, the justice of the court reforms us and makes us juster, and acts as a medicine for wickedness.


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