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[255c] since they are.

Theaetetus
But surely that is impossible.

Stranger
Then it is impossible for being and the same to be one.

Theaetetus
Pretty nearly.

Stranger
So we shall consider “the same” a fourth class in addition to the other three?

Theaetetus
Certainly.

Stranger
Then shall we call “the other” a fifth class? Or must we conceive of this and “being” as two names for one class?

Theaetetus
May be.

Stranger
But I fancy you admit that among the entities some are always conceived as absolute, and some as relative.

Theaetetus
Of course.


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