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[718c] for whom he is legislating, and, after expounding all other matters as best he can, pass on next to commencing the task of legislation.

What is the special form in which such matters are laid down?

It is by no means easy to embrace them all in a single model of statement (so to speak) but let us conceive of them in some such way as this, in case we may succeed in affirming something definite about them.

Tell us what that “something” is.

I should desire the people to be as docile as possible in the matter of virtue; and this evidently is what the legislator will endeavor to effect in all his legislation.

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