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[283c] to all cases of this sort.

Younger Socrates
Do so.

First, then, let us scrutinize the general nature of excess and deficiency, for the sake of obtaining a rational basis for any praise or blame we may bestow upon excessive length or brevity in discussions of this kind.

Younger Socrates
Yes, that is a good thing to do.

Then the proper subjects for our consideration would, I fancy, be these.

Younger Socrates

Length and shortness and excess and deficiency in general;

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