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[68] does in the pro Caecina, when he asks, “If this is not the point at issue, what is?” For thus all other points are eliminated at one swoop. Or again two contrary propositions may be advanced, either of which if established would suffice [p. 239] to prove the case. Take the following example from Cicero:1 “There can be no one so hostile to Cluentius as not to grant me one thing: if it be a fact that the verdict then given was the result of bribery, the bribes must have proceeded either from Habitus or Oppianicus: if I show that they did not proceed from Habitus I prove that they proceeded from Oppianicus: if I demonstrate that they were given by Oppianicus, I clear Habitus.”

1 pro Cluent. xxiii. 64.

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