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[49e] and their other qualities which we mentioned just now, saying that they belong to three classes, are ridiculous when they are weak, but hateful when they are powerful. Shall we, or shall we not, affirm that, as I said just now, this state of mind when possessed in its harmless form by any of our friends, is ridiculous in the eyes of others?

Certainly it is ridiculous.

And do we not agree that ignorance is in itself a misfortune?

Yes, a great one.

And do we feel pleasure or pain when we laugh at it?

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