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[790a] as strong as possible? And shall we impose a written penalty for every failure to carry out these injunctions? Such a course is quite out of the question; for it would lead to a superabundance of that consequence which we mentioned a moment ago.

Clinias
What was that?

Athenian
The consequence of our incurring ridicule in abundance, in addition to meeting with a blank refusal to obey on the part of the nurses, with their womanish and servile minds.

Clinias
What reason, then, had we for saying that these rules ought to be stated?

Athenian
The reason was this: the minds of the masters and of the freemen

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