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[801b] they request a bad thing as though it were a good thing; for if such a prayer were made, it would prove, I fancy, a ludicrous blunder.

Clinias
Of course.

Athenian
Did not our argument convince us, a little while ago,1 that no Plutus either in gold or in silver should dwell enshrined within the State?

Clinias
It did.

Athenian
What then shall we say that this statement serves to illustrate? Is it not this,—that the tribe of poets is not wholly capable of discerning

1 Plat. Laws 742d. Plutus is the god of wealth.

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