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[206a] my friend, does not praise his beloved until he prevails, for fear of what the future may have in store for him. And besides, these handsome boys, when so praised and extolled, become full of pride and haughtiness: do you not think so?

I do, he said.

And then, the haughtier they are, the harder grows the task of capturing them?

Yes, apparently.

And what do you think of a hunter who should scare away his quarry in hunting and make it harder to catch?

Clearly he would be a poor one.

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