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[45] In the first place, the trope is franker in its meaning, and, despite the fact that it implies something other than it says, makes no pretence about it. For the context as a rule is perfectly clear, as, for example, in the following passage from the Catilinarian orations.1 “Rejected by him, you migrated to your boon-companion, that excellent gentleman Metellus.” In this case the irony lies in two words, and is therefore a specially concise form of trope.

1 I. viii. 19.

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