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Quite right: let us go through with every topic that seems important for the present discussion. [645d] Athenian
Tell me now: if we give strong drink to this puppet of ours, what effect will it have on its character?Clinias
In reference to what particular do you ask this question?Athenian
To no particular, for the moment: I am putting the question in general terms—“when this shares in that, what sort of thing does it become in consequence?” I will try to convey my meaning still more clearly: what I ask is this—does the drinking of wine intensify pleasures and pains and passions and lusts?Clinias
Yes, greatly. [645e] Athenian
And how about sensations and recollections and opinions and thoughts? Does it make them likewise more intense? Or rather, do not these quit a man entirely if he becomes surfeited with drink?Clinias
Yes, they quit him entirely.Athenian
He then arrives at the same condition of soul as when he was a young child?Clinias
So at that moment he will have very little control of himself?
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