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By the gods, Pylades, do you feel the same thing I do?

I do not know; I have no reply to your question.

[660] Who is the girl? How like a Hellene she questioned me about the labors in Ilium and the return of the Achaeans, and Calchas, wise in omens, and Achilles' name; and how she pitied the wretched Agamemnon, and asked me about [665] his wife and children! This stranger is an Argive by race, and from that land; or she would not be sending the tablet and examining these things, as if she had some share in Argos' prosperity.

You are not much ahead of me: I was about to say the same things you said, [670] except this: all who move about in the world know what happens to kings. But I have arrived at another consideration.

What is it? Share it with me so that you may know better.

It is shameful for me to live when you are dead; [675] I sailed together with you, and I ought to die together with you. For I will seem a coward and base in Argos and Phocis of the many mountain folds. Most will think—for most people are base—that I betrayed you and saved myself to come home alone, [680] or I plotted your death, in the afflictions of your house, for the sake of your kingdom, since I married your sister and heiress. I fear these things and I am ashamed; and I must breathe my last with you, [685] be slaughtered with you and consumed on the pyre; because I am your friend and I fear reproach.

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