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Socrates Applies the Forceps

Socrates Applies the Forceps

Socrates described himself as "the midwife" to his fellow citizen's soul. Given that most of his interlocutors were men, he must have had in mind the expression on the man's face as he labored to give birth to himself. Sad it is when the client labors and the soul is still born. "Astride of a grave and a difficult birth. Down in the hole, lingeringly, the grave-digger puts on the forceps," as one of Samuel Beckett's bums once noted.

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