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walked about until, as he said, his legs began to fail, and then he

lay on his back, according to the directions, and the man who gave him

the poison now and then looked at his feet and legs; and after a while

he pressed his foot hard and asked him if he could feel; and he

said, no; and then his leg, and so upwards and upwards, and showed

us that he was cold and stiff. And he felt them himself, and said:

When the poison reaches the heart, that will be the end. He was

beginning to grow cold about the groin, when he uncovered his face,

for he had covered himself up, and said (they were his last

words)-he said: Crito, I owe a cock to Asclepius; will you remember to

pay the debt? The debt shall be paid, said Crito; is there anything

else? There was no answer to this question; but in a minute or two a

movement was heard, and the attendants uncovered him; his eyes were

set, and Crito closed his eyes and mouth.

Such was the end, Echecrates, of our friend, whom I may truly call

the wisest, and justest, and best of all the men whom I have ever




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