Unformatted text preview: really a kind of evil- speakers and tell - tales. And
before those who have never yet known us come to grief, since their attitude to us has
amounted to admiration so far: that is why we feel ashamed to refuse those a favour who ask
one for the first time - we have not as yet lost credit with them. Such are those who are just
beginning to wish to be our friends; for they have seen our best side only (hence the
appropriateness of Euripides' reply to the Syracusans): and such also are those among our
old acquaintances who know nothing to our discredit. And we are ashamed not merely of the
actual shameful conduct mentioned, but also of the evidences of it: not merely, for example,
of actual sexual intercourse, but also of its evidences; and not merely of disgraceful acts but
also of disgraceful talk. Similarly we feel shame not merely in presence of the persons
mentioned but also of those who will tell them what we have done, such as their servants or
friends. And, generally, we feel no shame before those upon whose opinions we quite look
down as untrustworthy (no one feels shame before small...
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