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Chapter VIII.--Admitted Evils.

Then my father answered: |But as the harmfulness of an inharmonious conjunction of elements or stars is immediately betrayed, so ought also adultery to be immediately shown that it is an evil.| Then I: |First tell me this, whether, as you yourself have confessed, evils are produced from incongruous and inharmonious mixture; and then after that we shall inquire into the other matter.| Then my father said: |The nature of things is as you say, my son.| Then I answered: |Since, then, you wish to learn of these things, see how many things there are which no one doubts to be evils. Do you think that a fever, a fire, sedition, the fall of a house, murder, holds, racks, pains, mournings, and such like, are evils?| Then said my father: |It is true, my son, that these things are evil, and very evil; or, at all events, whoever denies that they are evil, let him suffer them!|
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