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[486c] I fancy.” “What?” “Whether he is quick or slow to learn. Or do you suppose that anyone could properly love a task which he performed painfully1 and with little result2 from much toil?” “That could not be.” “And if he could not keep what he learned, being steeped in oblivion,3 could he fail to be void of knowledge?” “How could he?” “And so, having all his labor for naught, will he not finally be constrained to loathe himself and that occupation?”

1 Cf. Laches 189 A-Bἀηδῶς μανθάνων

2 Cf. Theaet. 144 B.

3 Cf. Theaet. 144 Bλήθης γέμοντες. Cf. Cleopatra's “Oh, my oblivion is a very Antony” (Ant. and Cleo.I. iii. 90).

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