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not badly. We are angry with those who have usually treated us with honour or regard, if a
change comes and they behave to us otherwise: for we think that they feel contempt for us,
or they would still be behaving as they did before. And with those who do not return our
kindnesses or fail to return them adequately, and with those who oppose us though they are
our inferiors: for all such persons seem to feel contempt for us; those who oppose us seem to
think us inferior to themselves, and those who do not return our kindnesses seem to think
that those kindnesses were conferred by inferiors. And we feel particularly angry with men
of no account at all, if they slight us. For, by our hypothesis, the anger caused by the slight is
felt towards people who are not justified in slighting us, and our inferiors are not thus
justified. Again, we feel angry with friends if they do not speak well of us or treat us well;
and still more, if they do the contrary; or if they do not perceive our needs, which is why
Plexippus is angry with Meleager in Antiphon's play; for this want of perception shows that
they are slighting us - we do not fail to p...
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