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 CHAPTER XI. page 2

Most men seem to have a double soul; and in your men of genius--
your celebrities--the battle between the two seems like the tremendous
conflict so grandly (and horribly) described by Milton. Who loved
his country more than Cato? Who cared more for his country's honour?
And yet Cato was not only unable to resist the soft impeachments of
alcohol--

Narratur et prisci Catonis
Saepe mero caluisse virtus--

but he was also a dice-player, a gambler.[106]


[105] Ille dolet vere qui sine teste dolet. Martial, lib. I.

[106] Plutarch, _Cato._

Julius Caesar did not drink; but what a profligate he was! And
I have no doubt that he was a gambler: it is certain that he got
rid of millions nobody knew how.

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