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Phaedr. Certainly.

Soc. His whole effort is directed to the soul; for in that he

seeks to produce conviction.

Phaedr. Yes.

Soc. Then clearly, Thrasymachus or any one else who teaches rhetoric

in earnest will give an exact description of the nature of the soul;

which will enable us to see whether she be single and same, or, like

the body, multiform. That is what we should call showing the nature of

the soul.

Phaedr. Exactly.

Soc. He will explain, secondly, the mode in which she acts or is

acted upon.

Phaedr. True.

Soc. Thirdly, having classified men and speeches, and their kinds

and affections, and adapted them to one another, he will tell the

reasons of his arrangement, and show why one soul is persuaded by a

particular form of argument, and another not.

Phaedr. You have hit upon a very good way.

Soc. Yes, that is the true and only way in which any subject can

be set forth or treated by rules of art, whether in speaking or

writing. But the writers of the present day, at whose feet you have

sat, craftily, conceal the nature of the soul which they know quite

well. Nor, until they adopt our method of reading and writing, can

we admit that they write by rules of art?

Phaedr. What is our method?

Soc. I cannot give you the exact details; but I should like to

tell you generally, as far as is in my power, how a man ought to

proceed according to rules of art.

Phaedr. Let me hear.

Soc. Oratory is the art of enchanting the soul, and therefore he who

would be an orator has to learn the differences of human souls-they

are so many and of such a nature, and from them come the differences

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