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[67] The residue after elimination is shown to be true as follows: “This slave whom you claim was either born in your house or bought or given you or left you by will or captured from the enemy or belongs to another.” By the elimination of the previous suppositions he is shown to belong to another. This form of argument is risky and must be employed with care; for if, in setting forth the alternatives, we chance to omit one, our whole case will fail, and our audience will be moved to laughter. It is safer to do what Cicero1

1 pro Caec. xiii. 37.

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