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  • He sets out by enlarging on the horror of it -- then describes the character of Socrates, then tells the story of the representation of the 'Clouds,' and thus gets to his 'symbol' -- 'le pazzie fatte spacciare a Socrate in quella commedia ... il misero in tanto scherno e derisione del pubblico, che perfino i vasai dipingevano il suo ritratto sopra gli orci, i fiaschi, i boccali, e ogni vasellamento da più vile servigio.

    The Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett, Vol. 1 (of 2) 1845-1846


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