Persons of the Dialogue:
Scene: — The Prison of Socrates
Why have you come at this hour, Crito? it must be quite early.
What is the exact time?
The dawn is breaking.
I wonder the keeper of the prison would let you in.
He knows me because I often come, Socrates; moreover, I have done him a kindness.
And are you only just come?
No, I came some time ago.
Then why did you sit and say nothing, instead of awakening me at once?
Why, indeed, Socrates, I myself would rather not have all this sleeplessness and sorrow. But I have been wondering at your peaceful slumbers, and that was the reason why I did not awaken you, because I wanted you to be out of pain. I have always thought you happy in the calmness of your temperament; but never did I see the like of the easy, cheerful way in which you bear this calamity.
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