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[236d] in a solitary spot, and I am stronger and younger than you; so, under these circumstances, take my meaning, and speak voluntarily, rather than under compulsion.

But, my dear Phaedrus, I shall make myself ridiculous if I, a mere amateur, try without preparation to speak on the same subject in competition with a master of his art.

Now listen to me. Stop trying to fool me; for I can say something which will force you to speak.

Then pray don't say it.

Yes, but I will. And my saying shall be an oath. I swear to you by—

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