sents pretty accurately the general opinions and methods of Socrates. It is certainly much more doubtful whether so much can be said for what is contained in the following Books. It is unlikely that anything is ascribed to Socrates even in them that would have been actually contrary to his way of thinking and speaking. His character is undoubtedly well sustained. But we are hardly entitled to assume that what he is repre­sented as saying is always an exact expression either of his own views or of those of Plato. I take it rather to be what Socrates might have said, and what Plato thinks would have been worth saying; and, as in the first Book, it has been artis­tically arranged, so as to carry the argument forward from point to point.