XIV: Puggala Vagga
The Book of the Gradual Sayings
The Book of the Fours
XIV: On Persons
Pa.tibhaano Puggala Sutta.m
Translated from the Pali by F. L. Woodward, M.A.
On a certain occasion the Exalted One was staying near Saavatthii.
Then the Exalted One addressed the monks, saying:
"Yes, lord," they replied, and the Exalted One said:
"Monks, these four persons are found existing in the world.
He who replies to the point, not diffusely:
he who replies diffusely, not to the point:
he who replies to the point and diffusely:
he who neither replies to the point nor diffusely.
These are the four persons found existing in the world.'
 Pugg., p. 42. Yutta-pa.tibhaano: Comy., 'When asked a question he makes a fit reply, does not answer hastily hut at leisure.' Pugg.A. 223 gives instances of each quality. (Yutta = succinct; mutta = loose, rambling) Pa.tibhaano also seems to mean 'of ready wit' and 'with repartee.'