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[287e] about which I wish to say something.

Younger Socrates
What do you wish to say?

That they do not possess this instrumental function. For they are not, like tools or instruments, made for the purpose of being causes of production, but exist for the preservation of that which has been produced.

Younger Socrates
What is this class of possessions?

That very various class which is made with dry and wet materials and such as are wrought by fire and without fire; it is called collectively the class of receptacles; it is a very large class and has, so far as I can see,

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