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[286e] just teach me satisfactorily what the absolute beautiful is, and try in replying to speak as accurately as possible, that I may not be confuted a second time and be made ridiculous again. For you doubtless know clearly, and this would doubtless be but a small example of your wide learning.

Hippias
Yes, surely, by Zeus, a small one, Socrates, and, I may say, of no value.

Socrates
Then I shall learn it easily, and nobody will confute me any more.

Hippias
Nobody, surely; for in that case my profession would be


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