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[658c] that he had the best chance of winning with a puppet-show. So where such as these and thousands others enter the competition, can we say who will deserve to win the prize?

Clinias
An absurd question; for who could possibly pretend to know the answer before he had himself actually heard each of the competitors?

Athenian
Very well, then; do you wish me to supply you with the answer to this absurd question?

Clinias
By all means.

Athenian
If the tiniest children are to be the judges, they will award the prize to the showman of puppets, will they not?

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