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Well then, you may say that of the three forms, the same is both the hardest and the easiest.

Younger Socrates
What do you mean?

Just this: I mean that there are three forms of government, as we said at the beginning of the discussion which has now flowed in upon us—monarchy, the rule of the few, and the rule of the many.

Younger Socrates
Yes, there were those three.

Let us, then, by dividing each of these into two parts, make six, and by distinguishing the right government from these, a seventh.

Younger Socrates
How shall we make the division?

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