Aristophanes took Socrates’ talk of making the weaker argument the stronger through rhetoric and ran with it. He set out to do exactly that with his plays, and made a joke of it. Hence Abigail’s comment on page 244.
Of course, I feel it necessary to confess that I hated the play I read by this guy, Clouds. I found it as close to vulgar as one could get and still make it past the censors. This is the play I had in mind for Abigail and Ester to be reading at the beginning of chapter 16.
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