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[635a] far away though you are from the original lawgiver, you have fairly spotted, as I think, his intention, and described it with perfect truth.

Athenian
Well, there are no young people with us now; so we may be permitted by the lawgiver, old as we are, to discuss these matters among ourselves privately without offence.

Clinias
That is so. Do you, then, have no scruple in censuring our laws; for there is nothing discreditable in being told of some flaw; rather it is just this which leads to a remedy, if the criticism be accepted not peevishly

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