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[28] Attenuation is effected by the same method, since there are as many degrees of descent as ascent. I shall therefore content myself with quoting but one example, namely, the words used by Cicero1 to describe the speech of Rullus: “A few, however, who stood nearest to him suspected that he had intended to say something about the agrarian law.” This passage may be regarded as providing an example of attenuation or of augmentation, according as we consider its literal meaning or fix our attention on the obscurity attributed to Rullus.

1 Leg. Agr. II. V. 13.

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