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[857b] on obtaining pardon from the State, or after payment of double the sum stolen, he shall be let out of prison.

Clinias
How comes it, Stranger, that we are ruling that it makes no difference to the thief whether the thing he steals be great or small, and whether the place it is stolen from be holy or unhallowed, or whatever other differences may exist in the manner of a theft; whereas the lawgiver ought to suit the punishment to the crime by inflicting dissimilar penalties in these varying cases?

Athenian
Well said, Clinias! You have collided with me

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