This article argues that trust is an adjunct of rhetoric by looking at the Iliad and Sophocles's play, Philoctetes, among other thinkers and philosophers. It suggests that trust is both within language and the body, in word and deed, and that rhetoric is the free, yet forgotten resource of all people in straits, whether critical or banal. It offers three consequences of trust in rhetoric: the implication of a civil society; a rhetorical taxonomy of personalities; and the breaking of apathy.

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