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[646a]

Clinias
Very little.

Athenian
And such a man is, we say, very bad?

Clinias
Very, indeed.

Athenian
It appears, then, that not the grey-beard only may be in his “second childhood,” but the drunkard as well.

Clinias
An admirable observation, Stranger.

Athenian
Is there any argument which will undertake to persuade us that this is a practice we ought to indulge in, instead of shunning it with all our might so far as we possibly can?

Clinias
It appears that there is: at any rate you assert this, and you were ready just now to argue it.

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