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1. Law
a. a party's written reply to his opponent's interrogatories
b. (in divorce law) the respondent's written reply to the petition
2. a musical phrase that follows the subject of a fugue, reproducing it a fifth higher or a fourth lower
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I say that if you want really to know what justice is, you should not only ask but answer, and you should not seek honour to yourself from the refutation of an opponent, but have your own answer; for there is many a one who can ask and cannot answer.
MENO: But I will stay, Socrates, if you will give me many such answers.
or was it that they understood the answers science gave to these problems in some different, clearer sense than he did?
"I am much obliged," Wingrave answered. "If you will ask me again in a few days' time, I shall be very pleased.
``Yet I pray thee, do mine errand to the lord of the castle,'' answered the pretended friar; ``trust me it will find good acceptance with him, and the cock shall crow, that the whole castle shall hear him.''
Go to your meekest little assistant instructor of sociology and ask him what is the difference between Rousseau's theory of the return to nature and the theory of socialism; ask your greatest orthodox bourgeois political economists and sociologists; question through the pages of every text-book written on the subject and stored on the shelves of your subsidized libraries; and from one and all the answer will be that there is nothing congruous between the return to nature and socialism.
"I do, from my heart," answered Jones, "of having debauched the girl, but not from having gained her affections."
"Supposing," she answered, still looking at him steadily, "supposing I were to say that I had no object in coming here at all - that it was merely a whim?
"Nay," she answered, lifting her head, "it will be but begun.
"In the storm of last night," answered the Dolphin, "the little boat must have been swamped."
"It appears to be perfectly true, madam, I regret to say," the clerk answered. "Even the earlier editions were able to supply the man's name, and I am afraid that there is no doubt about his identity.
"Much more," he answered. "If he chooses he will be the lion of the season!