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Exactly.

And will there not be many particles, each appearing to be one,

but not being one, if one is not?

True.

And it would seem that number can be predicated of them if each of

them appears to be one, though it is really many?

It can.

And there will seem to be odd and even among them, which will also

have no reality, if one is not?

Yes.

And there will appear to be a least among them; and even this will

seem large and manifold in comparison with the many small fractions

which are contained in it?

Certainly.

And each particle will be imagined to be equal to the many and

little; for it could not have appeared to pass from the greater to the

less without having appeared to arrive at the middle; and thus would

arise the appearance of equality.

Yes.

And having neither beginning, middle, nor end, each separate

particle yet appears to have a limit in relation to itself and other.

How so?

Because, when a person conceives of any one of these as such,

prior to the beginning another beginning appears, and there is another

end, remaining after the end, and in the middle truer middles within

but smaller, because no unity can be conceived of any of them, since

the one is not.

Very true.

And so all being, whatever we think of, must be broken up into

fractions, for a particle will have to be conceived of without unity?

Certainly.

And such being when seen indistinctly and at a distance, appears

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