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[86d] or as arriving to them in some other way which I should be glad to know.

Had I control over you, Meno, as over myself, we should not have begun considering whether virtue can or cannot be taught until we had first inquired into the main question of what it is. But as you do not so much as attempt to control yourself—you are so fond of your liberty— and both attempt and hold control over me,1 I will yield to your request—what else am I to do?

1 Socrates characteristically pretends to be at the mercy of the wayward young man.

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