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[835d]

Clinias
What is it we are reasoning about now, Stranger? For we are still in the dark.

Athenian
Naturally: but I will try to explain myself more clearly. When in my discourse I came to the subject of education,1 I saw young men and maidens consorting with one another affectionately; and, naturally, a feeling of alarm came upon me, as I asked myself how one is to manage a State like this in which young men and maidens are well-nourished but exempt from those severe and menial labors which are the surest means of quenching wantonness,

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