'A rhetorician would have had much to say upon that point.' It may be observed however that Plato never intended to answer the question of casuistry, but only to exhibit the ideal of patient virtue which refuses to do the least evil
in order to avoid the greatest, and to show his master maintaining in death the opinions which he had professed in his life.
If, Socrates, we are to be guided at all by the analogy of the preceding instances, then justice is the art which gives good to friends and evil to enemies.
And who is best able to do good to his friends and evil to his enemies in time of sickness?
And nothing evil groweth in thee any longer, unless it be the evil that groweth out of the conflict of thy virtues.
My brother, are war and battle evil? Necessary, however, is the evil; necessary are the envy and the distrust and the back-biting among the virtues.
He then goes on to explain the reason why he is in such an evil name.
Besides, he is not so overwise as to imagine that he knows whether death is a good or an evil; and he is certain that desertion of his duty is an evil.
SOCRATES: Do you mean that they think the evils which they desire, to be good; or do they know that they are evil and yet desire them?
SOCRATES: But if there is no one who desires to be miserable, there is no one, Meno, who desires evil; for what is misery but the desire and possession of evil?
? Thou hast saved the Sahibs from the death they deserved a hundred times.'
Moreover, I said, if the woman had a spirit, it was an evil
one, for no good spirit would ask the lives of children, but rather those of cattle, for it is against our custom to sacrifice human beings to the Amatonga even in war, though the Basuta dogs do so.
He tells of all the evil
things she does, by which Langland means to show what wicked things men will do if tempted by bribery and the hope of gain.