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Sophocles, Ajax (ed. Sir Richard Jebb), line 430 (search)
inst them, and shot me with a plague of frenzy so that I might bloody my hands in these grazers. And those men exult to have escaped me—not that I wanted their escape. But if a god sends harm, it is true that even the base man can elude the worthier.
And now what shall I do, when I am plainly hated by the gods, abhorred by the Greek forces and detested by all Troy and all these plains?Shall I leave my station at the ships and the Atreidae to their own devices in order to go home across the Aegean? And how shall I face my father Telamon, when I arrive? How will he bear to look on me, when I stand before him stripped, without that supreme prize of valorfor which he himself won a great crown of fame? No, I could not bear to do it! But then shall I go against the bulwark of the Trojans, attacking alone in single combats and doing some valuable service, and finally die? But, in so doing I might, I think, gladden the Atreidae.That must not happen. Some enterprise must be sought where