“‘But tell me one thing more, Ischomachus,’ I said; ‘do you also practise the art of expounding these matters?’“‘Why, Socrates,’ he replied, ‘I assiduously practise the art of speaking. For I get one of the servants to act as prosecutor or defendant, and try to confute him; or I praise or blame someone before his friends; or I act as peace-maker between some of my acquaintances by trying to show them that it is to their interest to be friends rather than enemies.
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