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[204e] this I infer from the fact that I did not recognize the name when I heard it.

That is because they do not usually call him by his name, he replied; he still goes by his paternal title,1 as his father is so very well known. You must, I am sure, be anything but ignorant of the boy's appearance: that alone would be enough to know him by.

Let me hear, I said, whose son he is.

The eldest son, he replied, of Democrates of Aexone.

Ah well, I said, Hippothales, what an altogether noble and gallant love you have discovered there! Now please go on and give me a performance like those that you give your friends here,

1 i.e., “son of Democrates” (see below)

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