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[253a] they are in much the same condition as the letters of the alphabet; for some of these do not fit each other, and others do.

Theaetetus
Of course.

Stranger
And the vowels, to a greater degree than the others, run through them all as a bond, so that without one of the vowels the other letters cannot be joined one to another.

Theaetetus
Certainly.

Stranger
Now does everybody know which letters can join with which others? Or does he who is to join them properly have need of art?

Theaetetus
He has need of art.

Stranger
What art?

Theaetetus
The art of grammar.

Stranger
And is not the same true in connection with high and


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